Two-goal hero Andy Butler says there is a belief within the Doncaster Rovers squad that they can pull off a great escape.
The Doncaster-born defender scored twice in four minutes to help his side come from behind to beat League One leaders Wigan Athletic.
Victory ended a rotten 17-game run without a win and left Rovers six points adrift of safety with four games to play.
After the game Butler refused to entertain the thought that the seriousness of the situation had taken too long to dawn on the squad and insisted they can still clamber to safety.
“We knew the position we’ve been in and it’s just been difficult,” Butler said.
“But we’ve never lost the belief in what we’re doing. We back each other and we know we’re good players.
“Hopefully this result really pushes us on.
“We have to look at every game as it comes and Chesterfield is the biggest game of the season for us now. If we win that we’re right back in it. It puts pressure on other teams now.
“I’ve said all along we have the belief we’ll stay up.
“It’s a massive relief [to get that win], he added.
“The performances have been good of late, against Rochdale and Bury. We’ve just lacked that killer instinct and a bit of luck. Today it all seemed to come together. A few weeks ago the second goal wouldn’t have gone in; the referee or linesman wouldn’t have given it.
“So let’s hope our luck has turned for the last four games.”
Butler dedicated his brace to his best friend Richard Hawcroft, who died suddenly aged 31 last year.
“It was an emotional day,” said Butler.
“It was his birthday today so I dedicate those two goals to him.
“I miss him and I had a few tears after the game.”