Michael Halliday says the Lisburn Distillery players are gaining extra motivation by the fear of being labelled as the men who ended the Whites' top flight adventure.
Tim McCann's men are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the Premiership table and there are even fears the club could disappear off the domestic football landscape if relegation plunges them into deeper financial trouble.
Only two points behind second from bottom Donegal Celtic – both relegation rivals clash on Tuesday at Ballyskeagh – the club is consumed with both fear and desire – the fear of failure and a desire to fight their way out of this mess. DC's points deduction for fieilding an ineligible player, Sean Cleary, in the league fixture between the sides has blown the race for survival wide open again.
Striker Halliday, at the age of 33, is one of the elder statesmen in the Whites camp but he has no intention of hanging up his boots at the end of the season. In fact, he wants to be battling for Distillery in the Premiership next season.
"I've spoken to too many players who have quit the game and are missing it to make any quick judgments about my playing career," said the former Glentoran favourite who will line up against Portadown today. "I want to play on and hopefully it will be with Distillery in the Premiership.
"The pressure of a relegation battle is new to me but we have a great dressing room and if we really didn't believe we could survive in the league we wouldn't play the games.
"We will fight hard until it transpires that relegation is a fact but hopefully that won't happen.
"Distillery have been around for years and years and there is extra motivation for us because we don't want to be associated with the team that took the club down.
"In that sense, there's a great responsibility on our shoulders and we owe the clubs and the fans our 100% commitment in helping us to get out of trouble."
• LINFIELD Football Club announced have that tickets for their glamour game with Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox stadium on Wednesday April 10 are now sale in the Windsor Park superstore.
These are priced: adults £15, concessions £10 (senior citizens and 16\17 year olds) under-16 £5.
The Stenaline company are also offering a package for travelling Linfield fans at: adults £65 and 15 and under £45.
These prices include a match ticket and travel from Belfast to Ibrox and back.
This is the first time Linfield will get the opportunity to play at the famous Glasgow venue and the game is taking on historical significance.