Christian Bracconi feels Ajaccio's time as Ligue 1's nominated whipping boys is coming to an end as they gun for victory over faltering Nantes on Saturday.
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The Corsicans remain rooted to the bottom of the table - they have won just two games this season and lie 13 points from safety - but Bracconi recently oversaw a three-game unbeaten run while his side have only failed to score in six games from their last 21.
Early-season surprise package Nantes, meanwhile, are plummeting towards the relegation zone on the back of five defeats in seven games.
While Bracconi sensibly dodged questions about his club's survival prospects, he insists Ajaccio still have plenty to fight for.
"We no longer want to turn up everywhere as the victim against whom everyone can take three easy points," he told his club's official website.
"We believe in what we are doing. We believe that what we are doing will earn us points.
"We want to give a good account of ourselves and bring honour and dignity to Ajaccio."
Nantes would be in serious trouble had they not made a barnstorming start to life in the top flight and despite their current nosedive they sit four points clear of the bottom three.
Bracconi is more than happy to help drag them into a relegation dogfight.
He added: "They have been the least successful team of this second half of the season.
"They started the season strongly and maintained very good form until the machine stopped working and things became difficult.
"However, the points they've accrued means they're not yet in serious danger.
"We have nothing to lose going there and we will try and put them in difficulty by keeping the ball."
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, defender Grenddy Perozo and midfielder Sigamary Diarra were all on international duty, but are not suffering from fatigue and should be available at the Stade de la Beaujoire.
Nantes striker Johan Audel will not feature, however. The former Valenciennes man suffered a heavy knock to his leg during last weekend's loss to Evian.
There was worse news for the Brittany club on Friday as the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland rejected their appeal against a 16-month transfer embargo.
Les Canaris were originally handed the punishment by FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the signing of striker Ismael Bangoura from Al Nasr in February 2012.