ANDY BOOTH is back in training and bidding to be part of an all-out assault on a fourth successive Town win at Cambridge on Saturday (3.00).
The 30-year-old frontman missed the 3-1 victory against Doncaster with a hamstring injury but has responded to treatment and will be in the squad which travels tomorrow for an overnight stay.
"It's great news to have him back after just one game because Boothy has been performing exceptionally well," said the manager, who has ruled out flu victim John Thorrington.
"Nat Brown and Jon Stead did really well up front last week, but Boothy's availability can only help as we look to be positive and keep our run going."
Jackson is well aware that Cambridge - who are likely to have Danny Webb and John Turner reunited up front - have won just twice at the Abbey Stadium all season and are on a run of only two wins in 10 League outings coinciding with the sale of big Dave Kitson to Reading for £250,000.
It's a big opportunity for Town to get back in the play-off placings and for Jon Stead to keep the scouts interested by adding to his 17 goals.
"We have had no inquiries for Jonathan this week and he is just focusing on what he does best," said Jackson, who watched the Reserves lose 2-0 at home to Burnley yesterday.
"Ever since the interest in him was revealed, Steady has had to live with the pressure of his reputation and he has done it superbly for the team.
"There are a lot of players around who cannot live with that sort of pressure and the scouts coming match after match, but Steady can and that's why he is going to make a fantastic living in this game.
"Every club knows what they are up against with him but the quality goals keep coming, like last week, and Cambridge will know he'll be gunning for them on Saturday."
Meanwhile, Town fans should note the trip to York later this month could be put back 24 hours to Sunday, January 25.
Should Scarborough beat Southend in their FA Cup replay next week, North Yorkshire police are unwilling to stage the visit of either Chelsea or Watford to the McCain Stadium at the same time Town play at York.
The Cup-tie cannot be moved because of TV coverage on the Saturday, so Town had the chance to play at either 5.30pm or move to Sunday, and the latter is the option Jackson prefers.