Boston United boss Graham Drury believes the Pilgrims now have the chance to prove they can compete with the league’s top sides.
Four of Boston’s next five matches are on the road, with the next three contests being against sides higher up in the Blue Square Bet North table.
But Drury is taking a glass-is-half-full approach.
“I look forward to every game, no matter who we are playing,” he said.
“The day I stop doing that is the day I quit.
“These are just chances for us to show how we can compete against other sides who want to be in the play-offs, like we do.”
On Saturday, ninth-place United travel to derby rivals Gainsborough Trinity, currently fourth in the standings.
This is followed by an away match at second-place Guiseley and a home contest against Stalybridge Celtic (seventh).
February will finish with away journeys to Solihull Moors (12th) and Harrogate Town (13th, but with seven games in hand on United).
Turning his attention to Trinity, Lincolnshire lad Drury said: “To us it’s another chance to get three points.
“But I know what a derby game like this means to our fans.
“The players need to understand that and show the same passion as the fans.”
Mark Jones is in line to make his Trinity debut on Saturday, just two weeks after leaving United.