Dons are going to fight until there is nothing left in the tanks in a bid to make the League 1 play-offs, says manager Karl Robinson.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of rivals, and fellow play-off contenders Peterborough United saw Dons slip six points back of Posh who take up the last play-off place.
But with nine games and 27 points remaining this season, Dons aren’t giving up on this year just yet.
“We’re in a war,” Robinson said. “Everyone’s still raring to go. I said to them after Saturday’s game ‘get your heads up, dust yourselves down and get over the game as quick as you can.’
“I liked how disappointed they were, but now we’re over it, like we are when we win.
“It was a dent in our recent form, but we’ve been knocked off the horse, and we have to get back on it.”
Although Luke Chadwick has left the club on loan for Cambridge United until the end of the season, Robinson feels the pieces of his jigsaw are finally coming together and isn’t ruling them out of a late surge.
He said: “We had two 17-year-olds on the pitch on Saturday, our stadium is nearly complete, we had fans in the top tier, we’ve got players coming back from injury.
“When you put all our jigsaw pieces together, we’re in a very good position.
“At this moment in time, we’ve got the pieces but they’re not connected. All our components are simmering, and when they’re all connected, we’re going to be a real force.
“The players will need a holiday by the end, because I’m going to draw every ounce of energy from them.”