Andy Williams insists talk of the play-offs is still not on the agenda despite Doncaster Rovers beginning 2016 with the top six in sight.
Bouncing back from Boxing Day defeat to Scunthorpe United with victory at Oldham Athletic on Monday left Rovers six points off the final play-off position.
But striker Williams insists there is still plenty of work to be done before Rovers can be considered serious top six contenders.
“We’re still sort of as close to the bottom of the table as we are the play-offs at the minute,” he said.
“Unfortunately that’s just the way the league is at the moment.
“It’s important for us to just get on another run after losing on Boxing Day.
“Until we get anywhere near it, we wouldn’t start talking about it.”
Two goals at Oldham saw Williams move on to 12 for the season, nine of which have come in his last 11 appearances.
His first goal was a sublime finish with the outside of his boot following an excellent first touch, which he labelled as one of his best so far in his career.
He said: “It was nice to get a goal like that and I think it was one of the best ones I’ve ever scored for sure.
“My mate Craig Alcock got me the assist so he obviously knew what I was going to do and thankfully the rest just happened as I’d planned it.
“I’d like to think it was the sign of a confident striker.
“I just wish I’d done it on Boxing Day as well.”
Rovers have the chance to insert themselves fully into the chasing pack on Saturday when they visit seventh placed Southend who are outside the top six on goal difference alone.
Phil Brown’s side suffered a 4-0 defeat at home to Millwall on Monday but Williams is expecting a difficult afternoon in Essex.
He said: “It’s a tough place to go.
“I think I have picked up a result there before but you always know you’re in for a tough time.”