PETER JACKSON admits the chance to catapult into the play-off positions is a big incentive against Port Vale tomorrow (3.00).
Delighted Jackson watched his team leap into the top half of the table thanks to Sunday's 4-0 home win against Hull.
Now he wants to see them take another big step up the rankings by demolishing third-placed Vale's 100% home record.
"It's important we build on Sunday's result with a good run and, if we play like that, we will take some stopping," said Jackson, who has added striker Akpo Sodje to the senior squad for the first time.
"We set a really high standard and the challenge now is to maintain that standard.
"With a win tomorrow, we could be right up there in the top positions of the table and that will be the driving force for us."
Jackson is looking for successive clean sheets for the first time since April on a ground where, on their last visit in 2003, Town's relegation to the bottom division was confirmed by a 5-1 defeat.
"I recalled Efe Sodje, Steve Yates and Danny Schofield last week and I thought all three of them were excellent," explained Jackson.
"Sodje showed what a good centre-back he can be, Yatesy was steady as a rock and Danny was back to his old self.
"The performance as a whole was terrific and it's now just a question of consistency.
"A clean sheet would be very important to us. We defended well under pressure last week, whereas we'd been slipshod in previous games, and when we are tight at the back, we always look like scoring goals playing with flair going forward."
Despite having Pawel Abbott, Rob Edwards, Chris Brandon and Andy Booth on target against Hull, Jackson still put his squad through a lengthy session of finishing practice at Storthes Hall yesterday.
"It's fair to say that before last Sunday's match we had not been as clinical in front of goal as I would have liked," he said.
"You want to see people being decisive with the chances created and, against Hull, we were really excellent in our execution.
"It was really the first time I've felt like we were going to score every time we got in the Hull box, and it's a nice feeling to have.
"We worked on keeping things flowing during training yesterday and that included plenty of shooting and finishing work, with the wing-backs swinging in the supply.
"The intention will be to get at Port Vale just like we did Hull, and to set a high tempo from the off.
"Port Vale are a good side with good players and our reports indicate they are well organised.
"They had an excellent win at Bradford last weekend and will want to keep their home run going - Steve Brooker is probably their key player up front - but we fear no-one when we play like we can."
The 22-year-old striker Sodje may challenge for a place on the bench and Jackson added: "He has done well and anyone who saw the Reserves in midweek will know he's got an eye for goal.
"Akpo has got a bit about him and joining the rest of the senior squad for the first time will give him a lift and some valuable extra experience."
Nathan Clarke returns to the travelling party for Burslem after illness and a making a playing return in the Reserves defeat by Scunthorpe on Wednesday.
Port Vale - Goodlad, O'Connor, Pilkington, Collins, James, Reid, Hulbert, Cummins, J Smith, Brooker, Paynter. Subs: Matthews, Brain, Armstrong, Birchall, Lipa.
Town - Gray, Holdsworth, Edwards, E Sodje, Yates, Mirfin, Worthington, Brandon, Schofield, Booth, Abbott. Subs (from): Senior, Fowler, Brown, Mendes, McAliskey, Clarke, A Sodje.
Referee - Keith Hill (Herts).