Manager Dean Saunders has urged his Doncaster squad to show the same fighting qualities he displayed as a player in order to battle their way off the bottom of the npower Championship table.
Rovers took a solitary point from games with fellow strugglers Watford and Millwall over the past six days to prolong a run of one win in nine matches. And former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Saunders believes a strong work ethic on the field will appeal to Doncaster fans in the potentially difficult weeks ahead.
"If you give everything you've got the fans will forgive you for losing or things you can't do," said the ex-Wales international.
"I always prided myself on that.
"I'd miss sitters but the fans would forgive me because they knew I was having a go, playing with enthusiasm and I wanted to win as much as they did."
He added: "I've been in football a long time and there's more pain to come.
"It happens, when you're rebuilding bad things happen to you. You've just got to keep picking points up.
"Eventually we'll get it all smooth."