ATV2 (4.4.4) stuck in restore mode,

My Apple TV 2 is stuck in restore mode (iTunes logo). 

It was version 4.4.4 with unthethered jailbreak.

I didn’t save the shsh blob yet.

I have tried to restore 4.4.4 using the iFaith method but I cannot get passed the first step. IFaith says unable to detect IOS version. (probably because it is stick in restore mode)

Is there anything I can do to keep using 4.4.4? Or do i HAVE to upgrade to latest 5.1 (tethered).