From own-goal despair to cup final dreams
It is fair to say that the world of football is not often complimented on its extensive vocabulary, and therefore it is ironic that one of the most apt and popular recent additions to the English dictionary had its origins in our sport.
Iain Dowie's "bounce-back-ability" is relevant to so many footballers and football teams the length and breadth of the country on a weekly basis because there are always winners and losers, and always heroes and villains!
The latter in both cases must demonstrate resolve and must aim to provide a positive reaction to the disappointment they have suffered.
You may have guessed that this was leading to the events at Easter Road on Saturday, where my injury-time own-goal meant defeat to Hibernian, and the loss of a hard-earned point for St Mirren.
I must confess that no matter your age, experience or significance of the match, the desolation felt at such an incident is never diminished.
What does change, however, is how you manage these disappointments, and, even more importantly, how you respond to them.
Such setbacks can vary hugely, from result-changing moments to playing a bad pass during a game, and thus players can sometimes have days or weeks to mull them over and prepare a reaction, or in match situations only a matter of seconds before they must bounce back.
In each scenario and the many in between, players must display character and bravery and those who do, coupled with obvious talent, are those who prevail, and who maintain a career at the top level.
The point regarding courage is one which intrigues me, as often we associate it with aggression, and yet in my opinion, in football it is found in those players who demand the ball, those prepared to try passes, those prepared to stretch that extra yard to defend and so on.
The players who are prepared to do this on a weekly basis are in some cases the first to be criticised, and therefore must respond positively on a regular basis.
A football match can provide hiding places for those who want to seek them out; for others it is their place of work, their arena, and regardless of disappointments they will always be the players their team-mates respect and rely on.
At St Mirren, we have the perfect opportunity to overcome Saturday's defeat in the shape of a Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-final against Hearts, with the massive incentive of a Hampden cup final.
There are those who belittle the significance of this tournament and question its continued existence, and yet players are amazed at this opinion.
For many, it provides a realistic possibility of silverware, and a chance to become part of the folklore at their respective club.
We are acutely aware of those who have brought previous glory to St Mirren - after all, we pass a celebratory picture of the 1987 Scottish Cup winners every time we enter the stadium and are desperate to emulate their achievements.
The preparations for such a big game will not change much from normal, in a sense due to the frequency of fixtures at the present time.
In that respect, we will train on Sunday and Monday before meeting on Tuesday for the match.
There is no question that nerves are felt, and adrenaline flows before a player takes the field for any match, but prior to the semi-final there will be that extra edge to the dressing room as we prepare to kick off and play our way to the cup final.
If we achieve our goal, another not-quite-so revered football phrase will be dusted down, as hopefully we'll all be "over the moon"!