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Andre Payette believes Sheffield Steeldogs only need one more win from their final four games in order to secure their place in the end of season play-offs.

Steeldogs, though, are going to have to wait until next weekend at the least to secure that crucial victory with no EPL fixture being scheduled for this weekend.

With that, though, Payette admits that a break has come at the right time for his players who are currently on a run of four straight defeats.

Three of them came over last weekend as they fell to defeats to bitter rivals Manchester Phoenix, Telford Tigers and Peterborough Phantoms and Payette admitted that their efforts over the weekend took a lot out of his players physically and mentally.

“If we had won on Friday against Manchester, we would have gone on to win all three,” Payette, the Steeldogs head coach, told Grass Roots.

“We gave everything absolutely everything on Friday and we got undone by a power play in the final minute of the game.

“After that we was really flat against Telford and never got going, and by that time, we were all tired on Sunday, so it was a really tough weekend for us all.”

Payette has given his players this weekend off to recharge their batteries ahead of a crucial remaining four games to try and cement their place in the top eight of the EPL and secure and end of season play-off place.

Next weekend, Payette and his side are faced with away games at title-chasing pair, Basingstoke Bison and Guildford Flames, and the Canadian head coach has called on his team to regroup to try and secure the victory they need.

“The guys are going to have a weekend off and then they are going to be back into work on Monday,” Payette explained.

“We have four tight games coming up against some top teams so we need to regroup and put the last few games behind us.

“It’s been a long, gruelling year and it takes a lot out of you. March is an important month for us now and we’re all focused on making sure we secure that play-off place.”