Pat Rayment admits Spalding United’s players must keep up their work-rate to stay in the hunt for promotion.
The Tulips boss described Saturday’s 4-0 home victory over Stafford Rangers as their best performance so far this season.
But he was quick to warn the squad that they need to maintain those standards.
Rayment said: “We’ll have to watch ourselves because we will end up as the team who everybody wants to beat.
“But if we work hard then there is nothing in this league to live with us. We’ve got so much ability. That’s all about confidence, not arrogance.
“The only times we have fallen short are when we didn’t work hard enough.
“We can’t take our foot off the pedal now. If the players do that, they know what will happen next.
“People can criticise me for players coming in or going out. But if they fall short of what is needed to make this club successful then they will get rid of themselves.
“It’s hard to get into a good situation in the league. It’s even harder staying there so we need to keep working.”
Jordan Hempenstall got two goals on his full debut for Spalding.
Nathan Stainfield made it 2-0 before the break and Tom Waumsley took his tally to seven goals in four games.
The fifth successive home win in the Evo-Stik League First Division South lifted the Tulips above Stafford into sixth place, just outside the play-off pack.
Rayment added: “We should have won 6-0 or 7-0. I thought 4-0 actually flattered them in the end.
“We absolutely bossed the game from the first minute to the last. We totally dominated.
“It’s down to everyone else to work out what message this sends out to the rest of the league.
“This is not just about the scoreline – it’s how we tore them apart.
“And we’ve still got other people to come back into the squad. So we are just going to get stronger.
“Since we made changes we’ve gone back to what we wanted and we’ve looked solid.”