Paul Farman remains convinced Lincoln City can match the best the Blue Square Bet Premier has to offer despite their spluttering run of form.
Lincoln crashed to their fourth defeat of the season on Tuesday night when Alfreton came from behind to record a 2-1 victory.
With injuries mounting, Lincoln face another tough test of their resources when they travel to Telford this weekend.
Alan Power and Andrew Boyce were both added to the treatment table on Tuesday night with Conal Platt, Rob Duffy, Tom Miller and Adam Smith also sidelined.
And Farman believes a fully-fit Lincoln are still a match for anyone.
"We proved in the opening few games of the season that we can match anyone in this league," he said.
"But the injuries have really hurt us. They have disrupted the rhythm of the team and anyone losing as many first-team players as we have would feel the force of that.
"Unfortunately we have lost two more now in Alan and Boycey and that's a blow.
"You only have to look at Dan Gray who has played right-back, centre midfield and centre-back already this season.
"But we've just got to stick together and come through it and I'm sure we will because we have some extremely talented players here."
Although Lincoln have stuttered in recent weeks, Farman has been a revelation thanks to some stunning performances.
It has been noted by the supporters who have quickly taken him to their hearts.
But he says there is plenty he needs to work on.
"The fans have been absolutely outstanding and it means so much to me to hear them singing my praises," he said.
"But although I have been happy with my performances, I need to put in some more work because I want to improve my distribution for a start."