Freiburg are not letting last weekend's 3-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen depress them as they go in search of their first points of the season against Mainz tomorrow.
Coach Christian Streich admitted he could have done with an extra three months to prepare his side for this season, but after analysing last weekend's game more in depth, he believes there was nevertheless enough for his team to build on.
``The lads fought their way back after conceding two quick goals in the second half and tried to play football,'' he said.
``We are in the thick of a process and we need to use every training session to move further forwards.''
Striker Mike Hanke, who opened his account for the club in last Saturday's defeat, added that the team ``definitely showed the required morale, and if we can eradicate the mistakes, we can take a lot of positives out of that game.''
The former Borussia Monchengladbach and Hannover forward will lead the Freiburg line once again tomorrow, but Admir Mehmedi may not be alongside him.
The Switzerland international also arrived in the summer, but Streich is keen on giving him a rest tomorrow to look at another option, such as Jonathan Schmid.
``It would be great if he could play wide right or left up front,'' said Streich at a press conference. ``His task will be to pull the ropes over his shoulders and pull the carriage along.''
Mainz are expecting a less intense level of work on the Bundesliga's smallest pitch.
``We know all about that already,'' said their coach Thomas Tuchel. ``We can't imagine anything other than it being a tight game. Freiburg are going to be very well prepared.''
Not only is the pitch small, but so too are the technical areas and Tuchel cannot rule out things getting heated between two of the league's most extrovert coaches.
``It's going to be tight in there and I can't guarantee anything,'' he said at a press conference.