Aston Villa's first Championship game since being relegated last season ended in defeat on Sunday following a late 1-0 reverse at Sheffield Wednesday.
Roberto Di Matteo's side are among the favourites to win Premier League promotion this season; even moreso since their £11 million swoop of tried-and-tested Championship goalscorer Ross McCormack.
They get back into the swing of things with a League Cup visit to Luton Town tonight in what Elphick says is a "blessing", giving them less time to dwell on the disappointment of what happened at Hillsborough.
And the summer signing from Bournemouth - who helped the Cherries to Premier League promotion two seasons ago - "firmly believes" that Aston Villa's first win of the campaign will act as a platform for which good things can be built.
“I firmly believe once we get that first win we will take off,” he told the Birmingham Mail. “Winning becomes a habit no matter what the game, the opposition or the competition.
“We need to get back into that habit. Having a game so soon after Sunday is a blessing.
“There’s no league points to play for, it’s a cup competition.
“We’ll take the shackles off and go for a win that takes us through to the next round and hopefully get us back to that winning habit.”
Aston Villa resume their Championship duties by hosting Rotherham United on Saturday for their first game at Villa Park this season.
General view of Paper planes on the pitch thrown by Aston Villa fans in protest - Villa Park