The Gers suffered a disappointing goalless draw away at Motherwell last Sunday.
“I feel we have been a little bit slow to start this season and hopefully the game we had on Wednesday night will kick-start us a little bit,” he said.
“We’ve managed to win a few games this season, the Motherwell game aside, but I don’t feel we’ve started greatly. Hopefully, we can do that (against Kilmarnock on Saturday).
“Sometimes you need a game of importance to kick-start your season and the Champions League for us was something that would maybe kick-start our season and bring a little bit of edge to our group of players and I’m hoping that will be the case.
“We have to lift our games in a domestic sense and try to get to the level we were playing at the other night in the Champions League.
“We haven’t reached the levels of the second half of last season so far.”