Sean Kelly feels his William Hill Scottish Cup baptism of fire at Fraserburgh can stand him in good stead for St Mirren's trip to Queen of the South.
The left-back was on loan at East Stirlingshire last season when he made his cup debut in a second-round tie at Bellslea Park.
Shire won 2-1 against the Highland League side but Kelly admits it was one of the most challenging games he has played in.
The 20-year-old said: "It was something I will never forget. It was miles away, it was cold and we got battered a bit.
"We still got through but it was a hard game. The journey was terrible. It was probably worse going because on the way back we knew we had won, although we didn't deserve it. But, if you lose, journeys like that are horrible."
Kelly has broken into the Saints first team in recent weeks and believes his spell in the Third Division was instrumental in giving him the mental strength to do so.
"When I went to East Stirling they were bottom of the bottom," he said. "You have to try to change the mentality when you're losing. It probably does get a bit more steel in you.
"You want to win knowing the feeling you get when you keep losing all the time. You want to break that mould. I feel it was really beneficial."
Kelly's breakthrough was last week rewarded with a new contract along with fellow defender Jason Naismith.
The defender made his first start in the 1-1 draw with Aberdeen which has proved the turning point in St Mirren's season so far.
Kelly, who followed former youth-team colleagues Kenny McLean and John McGinn into the team, said: "We feel as if we have been rewarded for playing in the team and moving up the league.
"I'm happy the gaffer is showing faith in the youngsters coming through. There are probably a few more that can come through.
"It's been challenging and difficult but it's been made easier by the fact I am playing alongside guys that I have played with in in the youth team."
The trip to Palmerston offers another chance for St Mirren to cast aside their early-season difficulties.
The League Cup holders lost 2-1 in Dumfries in the second round during a run of six Scottish Premiership games in which they took just one point, but have only lost once in their last seven matches.
Manager Danny Lennon said: "You are the holders of the cup and you want to hold on to that as much as you possibly can, and we enjoyed the full experience of picking up silverware. To fall at the first hurdle was bitterly disappointing.
"We didn't do ourselves justice that night. One-nothing up and then we allow two poor goals to put us out. We had a lot of players out of form that night and I'm delighted to say we are now in a far better place.
"It's important we bring the good qualities we have shown in the last six or seven weeks. We have got to be at our utmost best and be professional."
Queen of the South have fitness concerns over defender Chris Higgins.
Manager Jim McIntyre does not believe August's Scottish League Cup success over the Paisley side gives his men any advantage.
McIntyre said: "That was a terrific win, but St Mirren have improved a lot since then.
"Outside of Celtic they are the form side in the top division, so we have a hard task ahead.
"Their manager Danny Lennon deserves credit for turning things around, but we have players that will enjoy the challenge so we are in with a chance."