Nigel Worthington hopes York City’s triumph over Morecambe on New Year’s Day can provide a platform upon which to build.
The 1-0 victory saw the Minstermen arrest a run of 11 games without a win, a sequence that had seen York slide to within goal difference of dropping into the relegation zone.
Now, having gained a bit of breathing space on the bottom two, York look to put further distance between themselves and the trap door when they host Dagenham & Redbridge today, a side themselves struggling of late despite their healthier position.
The London club are 10th in League Two, just four points shy of the play-off spots, but have won only three of their last 10 games.
And despite there being an air of renewed positivity around Bootham Crescent after their bright start to the year, Worthington has warned against getting carried away.
He said: “You can never rest on your laurels in football whether you are a manager, coach or player. One win does not make a season.
“We have made a nice start to 2014, but we’re now looking forward to another game against a team who have done extremely well during the first half of the season.
“They have got a couple of goal poachers who have been very good for them up to now.
“They are also more solid in terms of the number of goals they concede but, hopefully, we will have a good go at them.
“We are in front of our own fans and we have got to look to repeat our performance on New Year’s Day to get another win.”
With the transfer market now open, Worthington anticipates being busy with loan moves, in and out of the club.
York have already lost goalkeeper Aaron McCarey to a recall by Wolves, while the initial deals of Elliott Whitehouse and Ben Davies expire after today’s game.
Worthington also has to decide whether to extend the deal for Middlesbrough winger Ryan Brobbel.
The manager said: “He was outstanding against Scunthorpe, but I’ve not seen enough of that from him when he’s had the opportunity to play since.”