With Queen’s Park’s scheduled match against Annan called off because of Scottish Cup replays, Gers could leapfrog them into top spot with a victory at Stirling Albion.
Even a draw with the Binos at Forthbank would be enough for McCoist’s men to hit the summit due to their superior goal difference compared with the Spiders’.
Regardless of that, the manager is looking for three points rather than one after seeing his men slip up in draws at Annan, Berwick and Peterhead.
Asked if he felt this weekend could see the quest for an away league success end, McCoist said: “I hope so.
“We certainly have to pass the ball better than we did in the second half up at Forres but we’re looking forward to it.
“The lads have been fine in training, really good, and it’s an opportunity for us to go to the top of the league.
“The bottom line is it’s about time we started winning away from home in the SFL and tomorrow would be the perfect time to do it.
“We need to work hard though to get the victory. Our performance levels will hopefully improve but the victory is the most important thing for us.
“Everything is there for the boys if they want to go and grab it. It’s all right saying that but they have to go and do it as well.
“Stirling have a reasonable stadium and the surface is meant to be good so all the indications are it should suit us there.
“It’s time for us to stand up and be counted and go out to get three points. If we want to go to the top of the league, we can go out and do that this weekend.”
McCoist has Ian Black and Dean Shiels back in his squad after injuries but Andy Little isn’t quite ready yet and David Templeton and Fran Sandaza are both out for the long term.
The manager added: “Both lads (Black and Shiels) have trained for the majority of the week and they’ll be in the squad tomorrow.
“In the longer term, I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks where we don’t have games to play.
“Hopefully that time off with give Andy and Temps a bit more time to recuperate and then they won’t be too far away from returning after that.”