MK DONS manager Danny Wilson faces one of the biggest challenges of his career to prevent his new charges from suffering a second successive relegation.
But the 44-year-old former Bristol City boss - who was installed on Tuesday - is optimistic he can reverse a slide which began when the club was relocated to Milton Keynes from Wimbledon two seasons ago.
Wrexham provide the first opposition and Racecourse counterpart Denis Smith said: "The man knows his job and he's done pretty well wherever he's been. He was unlucky at Bristol because they got to the play-offs three years in a row. "Hopefully he'll not have had much time between now and Saturday to get them set up how he would like but when a new manager goes in players are always given a lift."
Coincidentally both managers were on the same wavelength in stressing that strength of character was a vital ingredient for players involved in the scrap for precious points.
Wilson said: "It can be very ferocious league full of strong, powerful players so you need a team who can compete.
"But, then again, I like teams who are entertaining and attack games. We're in a difficult position but we're going to try and turn it around and it's surprising just what a big difference a couple of wins can make to confidence."
Meanwhile, Smith was praising his side who, despite Wrexham's off-field woes and crippling injury list, have displayed resilience and retained a positive attitude. "I'm fortunate to have men in the dressing room and nowadays they are hard to find in football," he said.. "I've got players like Andy Dibble, Brian Carey, Jim Whitley, Darren Ferguson and Dennis Lawrence. Lads who will stand up and be counted.
"If there are problems in the dressing room, they will sort them out and say how things should be done. We don't have any small cliques who sit and whisper in the corner."