PLAY-OFF hero Darren Bullock believes the good times are back at Town.

The 35-year-old midfield dynamo scents promotion this season and is backing his old teammate Peter Jackson to lead the club to further glory in the next few years.

Bullock - a promotion winner alongside Andy Booth at Wembley in 1995 - watched Saturday's gutsy 1-0 victory against Southend and was delighted with the qualities on show from his old club.

"I think Town will achieve promotion without a shadow of a doubt and, if they keep doing the right things, I don't think they should give up on the title either," said Bullock, who admired the skill of Pawel Abbott's overhead kick winner on 29 minutes.

"Jacko is doing a great job with the team and nothing about this club is Third Division.

"Going up will be a good thing, they can look to move on from there and Town really should be in the First Division and looking to establish a challenge at that level."

Saturday's win gave Town a crucial four-point barrier in the promotion places for the first time and Bullock drew some tidy parallels with the side he helped win promotion from the higher division nine years ago.

"They've got spirit, ability and they work hard," he said.

"It's great to see Boothy still doing the business - I wonder if his knees and ankles are still feeling sore! - and it would have been great if he could have got the 100 goals up.

"I was surprised he went for power when he was through in the second half, because Boothy normally tucks those under the keeper, but the lads defended well to keep the clean sheet and it was a really good win."

Bullock, who played in the All Stars fundraiser last summer, has had a season out to sort knee problems and is looking for a new club for next season.

"It's been great to come back to the McAlpine and it always revives lovely memories of the time I spent here," he said.

"This is my home town, it's where my heart is and Town's is always the first result I look for.

"I won't have a bad word said about this place and it's great to see Jacko getting them back on track, because the people in the club and the fans are fantastic."