Schalke want to bounce back from their Champions League disappointment with a win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, according to Dennis Aogo.
The Royal Blues were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea on Wednesday, leaving them with work still to do to reach the knockout stages of that competition while they have plenty of hard labour ahead in the Bundesliga.
They still trail third-placed Bayer Leverkusen by eight points, which is why three points against Bremen are imperative.
``We want to claw our way up to the top part of the table,'' the defender said on his club's website.
That may be easier said than done, though. Bremen arrive in Gelsenkirchen off the back of a 3-2 win over Hannover last weekend.
``We're warned and we're going to have to pay attention,'' said Aogo. ``Werder won their game against Hannover in the last minute and they will therefore come here were a bit of self-confidence.''
That confidence can be read on the face of Eljero Elia, who is not concerned by Saturday's game, or a fixture list which sees Bremen face both Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen before the winter break.
``Anybody can beat anybody else on their day in the Bundesliga so why shouldn't we?'' he said.
``Braunschweig are a case in point. They beat Leverkusen with courage and fortune.''
A combination of both, along with a renewed sense of belief, should help Bremen to go into the international break ahead of Schalke in the standings, says Theodor Gebreselassie.
``That is what we're striving for,'' he said on his club's website. ``I don't know if we're already on a par with them, but the fact is we can go above them with a win.''
Forward Franco Di Santo was back in training on Thursday and he could travel to Gelsenkirchen.
``It's going to be a last-minute decision,'' said coach Robin Dutt. ``I don't yet know Franco well enough to know how he will react to his injury.''