By FOX Sports staff
The Gladiators, who were only promoted to Malaysia's top flight last season after winning the Premier League, are currently top of the pile following Tuesday's 2-0 win over previous leaders Selangor.
Based on their displays in 2013, many are expecting them to challenge for the title and an optimistic Sathianathan has set his side the target of maintaining their grip on top spot from now till the end of the campaign.
"It's a challenge for my boys to surge forward," he told The Star. "They must not look back and finish the season in style.
"Of course, it is going to be a heavy responsibility to maintain the top spot week in week out.
"The competition is going to be stiff because the leadership has changed hands three times this season."
ATM have a seemingly routine outing this weekend as they visit the struggling Turtles, but having seen his side struggle eke out a 1-1 draw against Negri Sembilan last Saturday, courtesy of Norfazly Alias' 89th-minute equaliser, Sathianathan insists they cannot afford to get complacent.
"We learnt a good lesson from Negri," he added. "On paper, we should have won easily but we made heavy weather of ourselves and were fortunate to walk away with a point.
"Terengganu will be no different. They are desperate to make amends to move up the standings.
"We just need to keep on working hard to get the three points irrespective of our opponents."
Terengganu will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat to East Coast rivals Kelantan, who are hoping the triumph can kick-start a disappointing campaign so far.
On Saturday, Bojan Hodak's side, who ran away with the title last season, visit Pahang, who led all comers for the first five weeks of 2013 but have since fallen to two consecutive defeats.
Big-spending Darul Takzim once again failed to deliver on their pre-season promise as they were held by a 0-0 draw at FELDA United on Friday, despite coach Fandi Ahmad naming the high-profile strike duo of Norshahrul Idlan Talaha and Safee Sali.
Selangor missed the opportunity to tentatively reclaim top spot as they played out a 0-0 draw with local rivals PKNS FC, while Negri Sembilan and T-Team's clash at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium also ended in a goalless stalemate.
Second-placed LIONSXII were intially scheduled to take on Perak at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday but that clash has now been postponed to April 6.
Saturday's Malaysia Super League Fixtures
Terengganu vs ATM
Pahang vs Kelantan
Friday's Malaysia Super League Results