THE pain of missing out on automatic promotion will be Town's driving force in tonight's play-off re-match with Lincoln at the McAlpine.
That's the view of experienced defender Steve Yates, who is nursing three stitches in an eye wound ahead of the play-off semi-final second leg.
The 34-year-old reckons being pipped to third place on goal difference by Torquay was the worst moment of his distinguished career.
And he has reminded his Town colleagues - all bar one of them (Iffy Onuora) younger by significant years - to remember that hurt when they do battle with Keith Alexander's tough side for a place in the Cardiff final.
"I was pretty distraught to finish fourth because you don't get many promotion chances in your career and, at my age, they are fewer still," said the players' Player of the Year.
"I was lucky enough to win a championship with Bristol Rovers, but I've also suffered relegation and I reckon what happened at Cheltenham felt worse than that.
"This could be my last chance to win a promotion.
"Now we've got this chance, we've got to give it everything.
"It was a magnificent team performance on Saturday. We knew Lincoln would hit us with a lot of long balls played forward, but I thought we coped with it pretty well.
"The job still has to be finished, though, there is still a big semi-final leg to play and we have to concentrate fully on that."
Yates had Efe Sodje back alongside him at Sincil Bank - one of four changes made by manager Peter Jackson, who restored Danny Schofield and Rob Edwards to the XI and gave Onuora the first start of his second Town stint.
"The lads bounced back from Cheltenham brilliantly," added Yates.
"We are only a young team, but this squad has got loads of character and it would mean a lot to everyone to get through to the final.
"If we perform like we did on Saturday we have a chance, but it is going to be a massive battle. Everyone should remember that."