Peterhead have clawed their way up to second place in League 1 and midfielder Jamie Redman has warned rivals Ayr United they are not ready to give it up.
An outstanding 15-game unbeaten run has taken the Blue Toon above the Honest Men and within eight points of leaders Dunfermline.
Peterhead are close to securing a place is in the play-offs, but Redman insisted there will be no easing off and has warned his team can still get better.
He said: “We’re 17 points clear of fifth place now which is a good margin to have at this stage of the season.
“But six weeks ago we said to ourselves let’s try to catch Ayr and we’ve managed to do that – albeit they still have a game in hand.
“Now we’re above them we are determined to work hard to keep second spot. We’ve set standards at the club in the last couple of months and we do not want to let them drop.
“We had a good win last time out against Brechin, but we know we didn’t perform anywhere near what we are capable of, so there is still room for improvement.”
The excellent unbeaten run has thrust the Blue Toon into the promotion hunt and Redman is in no mood to end the feelgood factor at the club.
He said: “It’s certainly an enjoyable time to be in the dressing room as the confidence is high and the spirit in the camp is good as you would expect from winning games.
“We’re in a situation now where we’re putting ourselves under pressure every week to ensure this is not the day our run comes to an end.
“We’ve grown used to winning on a Saturday and enjoying that feeling for the whole weekend. When we get used to winning, like we have, it becomes a habit nobody wants to break.”
Peterhead travel to Albion Rovers today looking to extend the run to 16 but Redman knows he and his team-mates face a difficult afternoon against Darrren Young’s side.
He said: “I hope we don’t give away a penalty in the first minute like the last time we played them. Our first two games against them this season were disappointing, but we beat them comfortably in our last encounter and I’m sure they will want to put that right this weekend.
“They are in fourth place and have a real cause in trying to hold off the teams chasing them for the final play-off spot, so we know we are facing a difficult game.
“It is always tough going to Coatbridge but hopefully we can take another three points and keep our good form going.”