The Flyers are six points clear of ninth-placed Manchester Storm with six games to play, but their recent form has been disappointing with just one win from their last six fixtures.
With trips to Coventry Blaze and Edinburgh Capitals this weekend, Dutiaume has urged his players to earn their spot in the end-of-season showdown.
“There are some hungry teams chasing us, and until you’’re mathematically there nobody can make any assumptions,” he told Fife Today.
“We can’t coast into play-offs – this spot is going to have be earned, and because we have taken nights off in the past month and a half, we’ve now got to work to lock it up.
“It’s apparent to everybody – players included – that when they want it, and they execute, we give ourselves every chance to win a game.
“This is a unique situation because, in previous seasons, at this point we were on a surge and building up to play-offs. Right now we’re still looking to find that consistent level.
“If you do wrap up play-off spot, you’re still looking to win four games in a row to win a trophy, which is something we haven’t looked capable of doing through the season, although we’re capable of special performances.
“We really need to find that level of consistency because we’re more than capable of it. It’s not luck that you beat Nottingham and Belfast three times, and beat Cardiff and Sheffield up here.
“You have it in you, but it’s execution.”
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