PETER JACKSON is keen to kick-off a vital month in style against Yeovil tomorrow and reminded his squad: "We've got everything to play for!"
Iced-off at Carlisle on Saturday, Town dropped two places to seventh thanks to Torquay and Yeovil both winning at home while chasers Lincoln and Northampton also picked up maximum points.
It means there's now a frantic battle for points in the play-off places and two massive head-to-heads tomorrow night - a key fixture at the McAlpine while Mansfield (4th) host Torquay (5th).
"You can look at the results and fixtures all you like, but we are in a great position and we've got everything to play for," said Jackson, whose squad trained indoors at the Academy yesterday.
"Our fate is in our own hands and, if we keep on playing and picking up results like we have been doing, then we will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
"Yeovil, who are a good footballing side, have gone above us on goal difference with their 4-1 win against Cambridge, so tomorrow night is obviously a big game.
"It is a six-pointer, but then Lincoln was like that and the players responded, so we'll be going out with a positive attitude and looking to reward another big McAlpine crowd."
Jackson will wait for reports on Nat Brown (groin) and Lee Fowler (ankle), but both seem unlikely to figure against Gary Johnson's side with another important trip to Oxford coming up on Saturday.
Tony Carss remains suspended because of Saturday's postponement - a Brunton Park re-arrangement is unlikely until April - but Jackson can't wait for kick-off.
"We have had a frustrating weekend because I really do think the Carlisle game could have been called off on Friday, but we had a good training session yesterday and we are all looking forward to this game," said the manager.
"The fans have a massive role to play because Yeovil are an impressive side who will get the ball down and play, and we need everyone right behind us to achieve the result we want.
"It should be a cracking match and we all know how important it would be to take three points.
"There is a chance to move as close as we've been all season to the automatic promotion places and that's a big incentive.
"It's a great situation to be in at the start of what is a big week and a big month for the club - and it's up to us to keep producing the goods.
"I'm very pleased with how things are going. Eight wins, a draw and only one defeat in the last 10 matches is a superb record and we want to keep that going."
Loan striker Pawel Abbott will be bidding for a third goal in as many games and Jackson plans to have initial talks with Preston later this week about the 21-year-old's long-term future.
Jackson would like to bring the Polish Under 21 cap - who was selected in the Nationwide Division III team of the week for his performance against Lincoln - to the McAlpine permanently.