Graham Drury is refusing to rule out a late surge into the play-offs for Boston United.
Despite picking up just one victory in his first five matches as the Pilgrims boss, the manger reckons his side can turn things around.
But to do so, it would mean United going on a superb run towards the end of the season.
The Pilgrims have 18 matches left to play, and positive-thinking Drury wants his side to record 13 wins.
“There’s another 13 victories, hopefully, for Boston, which will give us 39 points,” he said.
“That will still push us into a great region.
“We’re fortunate everybody else keeps beating everybody else, and we’ve still got a chance.
“We’ve still got a glimmer, we’ve still got a sniff.”
The manager’s hopes may seem a little far-fetched.
It doesn’t allow for United to slip up against the likes of Harrogate Town, who left York Street with a convincing 2-1 victory on Tuesday.
But Drury still believes his side can achieve success in a season when Boston still have Altrincham, Gainsborough, Stalybridge, Guiseley, Harrogate, Brackley (twice), Chester and Halifax left to face, all of whom are above United in the table.
He continued: “With 18 games to go, we can afford to lose to top-six sides as long as we put teams like this (Harrogate) to bed.
“We’ve got to get better at it.
“We need to win 13 of those 18 games. Anything else is a bonus.
“There’s 39 points there. You put 39 on top of what we got and 69 will be enough for the top five spots.
“We’re fortunate that usually it’s 75 (to finish in the play-offs), but I don’t think the fifth position is stamped on yet.”
But Drury believes that United can only climb the table if everyone pulls in the same direction.
“We’re staying positive, we’re staying focused,” he added.
“There’s no heads held in the sand.
“My head’s held high. Were looking for better.
“We’re looking for more.”