EVER-PRESENT Nathan Clarke believes Town have the staying power to grab automatic promotion.
The classy defender has been there every step of the way as Town's League I bid has flown, faltered and now regained some momentum.
Clarke is ideally placed to assess the mindset of Peter Jackson's squad now they are into the final stretch, and he's feeling nothing but positive vibes as the race for a top-two place reaches a climax.
"It's not so long ago that Brentford had three games in hand and everyone was saying we would be miles away from the automatics," said Clarke, the only man to have featured in every fixture of the campaign (he went on as a substitute at Boston in the Football League Trophy, formerly LDV).
"Now, those three games have evaporated and we are level with them on points, so it shows the value of battling away and never giving in.
"Other teams still have games in hand and can make the table tighten up again, but it was a massive boost for us to get three points from the big home derby against Barnsley and now we've got to go on from there."
Town were away to Gillingham today and also travel next Saturday, to Bournemouth. After that, they will have two home and two away matches left.
"Our fate is in our own hands and, whatever happens anywhere else, we have to concentrate on doing our own business well," added Clarke.
"It's so close at the top it's unbelievable, so we just have to make sure we keep in contention and stick at it.
"I think our strength of character showed in the performance against Barnsley. We rode our luck a bit, but everyone knew their jobs and they stuck to them.
"It's a matter of everyone playing for the team. There are no individuals at this stage, we are all in it together for the good of the team and, in that sense, we've got a brilliant set of lads and a great spirit in the squad.
"Confidence wise, everyone is on a high and we've just got to keep on going."
Clarke has taken great heart from Town's clean sheet against Andy Ritchie's side, who had more and better chances than Town but blew the script.
The match marked the resumption of Clarke's central defensive partnership with David Mirfin after a stint playing alongside Martin McIntosh, who is working his way back to fitness after hamstring trouble.
"I've lost count of the number of times the gaffer has told us that clean sheets will win us matches and last week he was proved right again, because Fletch nicked us a goal," he explained.
"It meant a lot to Phil Senior and all the lads at the back to keep a clean sheet, but it was indicative of the hard work which was put in by everyone from Phil through to Boothy and Fletch up front.
"We knew it would be a big test in a huge game for both clubs, but we wanted the victory very much and everyone dug in superbly to achieve it.
"Matches against Barnsley always seem to be a real battle. It was like that over at their place when we scored right at the death to equalise and it was just the same last Saturday, only this time we won.
"The conditions made it even more of a challenge because the wind was strong, the rain kept coming at times and the bounce was as high as ever on our pitch.
"Having said that, I think we gave as good as we got in terms of the physical aspect of the game and, while we rode our luck and Barnsley missed some chances, we had a few decent opportunities as well.
"I thought Danny Schofield was on fire with his attacking and it was just a shame that when he cut in for a shot, he kept skying them.
"Danny is always a threat, though, and when he plays like he did last Saturday we are always going to create chances.
"Fortunately, Fletch was able to finish one of ours while Barnsley kept on missing and it was enough for us to see things out for a very good three points."
While Town are handily placed in third, behind Brentford only on goal difference, Clarke accepts they have to maintain pressure on the rest by improving their away record and staying strong at home.
"We have drawn a lot of games away from home, but I don't see any reason why we can't pick up some extra points between now and the end of the season," he said.
"If we play like we have been doing then we are always going to have chances so, if we can keep it tight at the back we'll have every opportunity to win.
"We are in a confident frame of mind and, while some of the others have now got ground to make up we are not thinking in terms of having any breathing space.
"All the lads know we've got to keep on our toes and keep digging in."