Matt Lowton has called on Villa to show the spirit of last season's run-in to see them over the finish line.
Lowton admits the squad were left feeling deflated after Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Barclays Premier League strugglers Fulham.
The full-back, who earned a recall to the starting line-up for the Cottagers clash, felt it was a big opportunity missed in Villa's quest to move clear of the Barclays Premier League's bottom clubs.
The result meant Paul Lambert's side are still a couple of wins shy of reaching the magic 40-point mark.
Now Lowton wants the claret and blues to use their experience of last term to produce another rousing finish to the campaign.
"I was on a high going into the game," said Lowton.
"It's just a shame that we got nothing from it. Everyone was down after that.
"It was a game we were definitely thinking we needed three points from at home to a team that are lower than us.
"But it didn't turn out that way so the lads were devastated in the dressing room.
"We had a lot of the ball and a lot of chances but ultimately we've not taken them.
"We got done on the counter-attack and conceded a free-kick and we did not defend it well enough and we've come out with nothing.
"I was in the team for the run-in last season and hopefully the lads that were there can use that experience to pull us through again."
Lowton produced one of the moments of the match on Saturday - a stunning goalline clearance to deny Lewis Holtby.
"It was a counter-attack again and I just thought I'd get into a position where I could help the team," he added.
"I don't really know how I managed to stop it. I just threw myself in the way and hoped for the best and it stayed out.
"I just tried to guess where he was going to put it and dived on the floor and luckily for me it stayed out."
Lowton was pleased for Grant Holt, who netted his first goal for the club in the Cottagers defeat.
He said the on-loan forward's strike was just reward for a hardworking display.
"I thought Grant was terrific up against two big centre-backs," said Lowton.
"He was fantastic. He put himself about all day and the hard work paid off for the goal.
"I'm made up for him. With his attitude and his work-rate, that's what happens."
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