Southend United manager Mark Molesley isn’t getting carried away after a run of three games unbeaten.
Blues travel to 19th-placed Mansfield Town this afternoon with a chance of moving out of the relegation zone with a win and other results going their way.
But Molesley was quick to point out that his side still have a long way to go and a lot to improve on as they try to make it three wins on the bounce following victories against Scunthorpe and Grimsby.
“The carrot is certainly there [of moving out the relegation places] so it should prove great motivation for us,” he said.
“We’ve worked really hard to get into touching distance but we've got to remember what has got us this opportunity; the hard work, the attention to detail and the constant belief.
“That little bit of confidence should give us a much needed lift and it puts us in a good place going into the game.
“But it only ever gets tougher, it doesn’t get any easier. The challenges come thick and fast and we’ve got to make sure that we meet them head on.
“We’re chasing the pack so we’ve got to put them under as much pressure as we can. To do that we have to make sure our own house is in order.
“We have to firmly focus on our processes. It’s never changed; it’s about how can we be better and how can we prepare the best we can for the next game.”