Lavington will be banking on the bye not stalling momentum when it hosts Corowa-Rutherglen on Saturday.
Coach Simon Curtis maintains the Panthers turned the corner when they belted Myrtleford by 86 points in round 12.
It followed the club’s worst losing streak in eight years.
Lavington fell to Yarrawonga, Albury and Wangaratta in successive weeks.
The Panthers will start red-hot favourites against the Roos but, given the promising display against the Saints, they can’t afford to lose impetus.
It’s not all positive though with Marty Brennan ruled out with a quad complaint.
Brennan missed the interleague game, almost two months ago, with a quad injury, while Tom Hargreave suffered a similar problem.
He’s been named as an emergency.
Much of the interest in the game will feature on Roo Will Chandler’s third game.
The 16-year-old has kicked five goals apiece in his two previous matches.