Sydney Sixers import Michael Lumb insists the team hasn't given up hope of defending its Big Bash title - despite requiring a near miracle to even make the finals.
The Sixers, with just one victory from five games, would need to win their remaining games and rely on results falling their way to scrape into the top four.
It's a scenario unlikely enough to prompt one bookmaker to push their odds of winning the competition to $67 - having opened at $6.
But Lumb says the team remained in good spirits and said a victory over cross-town rivals, the Sydney Thunder, on Sunday could spark a winning run.
"I think it's a possibility. It's a long shot," Lumb said on Friday.
"All we can do is win the games, hopefully by a lot, and see what happens.
"(We are) still positive. Things haven't gone our way.
"All we can do is keep doing our best. The boys are still upbeat, (have) a bit of pride and hopefully we can win our last three."
Lumb, who top-scored for the Sixers with 34 in Wednesday's seven-wicket loss to the Hobart Hurricanes, said he couldn't explain what had happened to the form which lifted them to last year's title and October's Champions League triumph.
But he admitted it was difficult to end losing streaks.
"I can't put my finger on it, seriously. It's bizarre," he said.
"We won it last year, we won the Champions League and we've just hit a bit of a slump.
"Sometimes with people you get on these slides (and) it's a bit hard to get off.
"Momentum is obviously a big word, and it's the same with losing.
"Losing becomes a habit as well. But one win ... it wasn't long ago we'd won 13 in a row.
"People forget that pretty quickly. One win and we'll get back to our winning ways - hopefully it will start against the Thunder."