BUOYANT Junior Mendes reckons Town are fast becoming one of the most feared teams in Coca-Cola League I.
The 28-year-old striker bagged his first League goal for the club to add to Pawel Abbott's double in Saturday's 3-1 win against Walsall at the Galpharm.
Victory moved Town up to seventh ahead of Saturday's trip to second-bottom Torquay (1.00) and sent confidence soaring.
"I don't think people gave us the credit we deserved at the start of the season, but they are all starting to sit up and take notice now," said Mendes today.
"We are turning in some good performances and beating some strong teams, and the lads are confident about pushing on from here.
"The table looks very good with us in seventh place and the atmosphere in the camp is very happy, because we know what we are capable of.
"It's very reassuring to know we can win while playing only at 80% or 90% and with five good players ruled out with injury and suspension.
"When we step things up, I'm sure we will have more good performances and get some more goals, because the lads are playing well."
Mendes paid tribute to Abbott, whose eight goals make him top scorer in League I.
"I'm trying to stay close to Pav all week so that some of his magic rubs off on me!" said the former Mansfield marksman.
"He is doing really well and, having got a couple of goals in the last two matches to kick-start things for me, I'm hoping I can follow suit.
"Scoring on Saturday meant a lot to me, especially with it being in front of the home fans, and having got the taste again I hope I can keep my name on the scoresheet."
Town will play back-to-back games against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road having been draw away to the holders in the LDV Vans Trophy second round. The tie is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2 (7.45).