How to Link Dokku App to Managed Database

I have a small problem here. I have an app setup on Dokku vps, works well with the Dokku Postgress plugin. But I want to switch things up and use the digitalOcean managed Database(Postgress) Since changing the database url to the managed database url: postgresql://password@host:port/db-name?sslmode=require I get this error when I rerun the container:

appname web container output: Error: connect ECONNREFUSED at TCPConnectWrap.afterConnect [as oncomplete] (net.js:1146:16) { errno: -111, code: ‘ECONNREFUSED’, syscall: ‘connect’, address: ‘’, port: 5432 }

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hi, did you ever figure this one out?