Cambridge United's Luke Berry says the drab goalless draw against Carlisle motivated the team for Tuesday's club-record 7-0 victory over Morecambe.
The U's drew 0-0 at home to Carlisle on Saturday, with the visitors playing most of the match with 10 men.
But on Tuesday, they got their biggest ever win in the Football League.
"In the changing room there was a bit of frustration with the weekend and we brought it out in the right way against Morecambe," said midfielder Berry.
Berry scored two penalties, while Harrison Dunk netted a brace and Ben Williamson, Zeli Ismail and Mark Roberts also got on the scoresheet.
"I scored two goals but I probably should have got three or four so I was a bit disappointed in myself with that," Berry added to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"We showed a really solid display. We did the nasty things well, which is always important, and then showed our class at the other end of the pitch."
Victory lifted the U's to ninth in the League Two table, five points outside the play-offs with three games left to play.
AFC Wimbledon, who occupy the final play-off berth, have a game in hand on Shaun Derry's side, but the U's boss still believes his side could finish in the top seven.
"We're still in it. While it's still mathematically possible we have to believe it can still happen," said Derry.
"But we have to put in a performance like that again on Saturday.
"Of course we're not going to Notts County and win 7-0, but I know if we go there with the same attitude and application as we showed tonight, we'll still be involved when the season ends."