Grimsby Town joint-boss Rob Scott is managing expectations ahead of Saturday's clash with York City.
The play-off rivals, weather permitting, will meet at Blundell Park, with Scott hopeful of extending his team's 13-game unbeaten league run.
However, he insists defeat would not signal the end of their promotion ambitions.
"It's now come to the point where we are playing teams about us in the table and above us," Scott told This is Grimsby.
"If we do take points off them then we start reeling them in.
"We just want to keep winning games.
"I know it's a cliché but you do just focus on each game when you step over that line to become a manager.
"Fans may be building the York game up as a 'make or break' match but I don't see it as that.
"I see it as three points that will be vital for us to reel them in but by no means would it be the end of our season if we weren't to pick it up.
"That said, we feel confident enough we can win."
In team news, deadline day signing Louie Soares could make his long-awaited debut after being cup-tied for FA Trophy action. The 27-year-old, with 16 goals this season, represented Hayes and Yeading United earlier in the competition.
Naturally he hopes the weather holds on the weekend.
"Hopefully, the game will be on and I can get a debut," he said.
"I can't wait to be honest; it seems like it been a long time coming since I signed."
Cup-tied trio Ian Miller, Kiernan Hughes-Mason and Kenny Arthur are also back in contention, while Bradley Wood has recovered from an ankle injury. The only concern is Frankie Artus, who is carrying a groin problem.
The Mariners, who progressed to the FA Trophy quarter-finals on Tuesday, are seventh in the Blue Square Bet Premier standings with 51 points - 19 behind leaders Fleetwood Town and three short of York.
Visiting boss Gary Mills could hand a debut to loan recruit Ben Gibson. The Middlesbrough defender penned terms this week until the end of the campaign.
And with David McGurk (knee) and Jamal Fyfield (ankle) both still crocked, Gibson is eyeing a centre-back spot along with skipper Chris Smith, Dan Parslow and fellow new arrival Chris Doig.
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