DEFENDER Steve Tully believes Exeter City still have an outside chance of claiming the League Two title, after continuing their unbeaten start to 2013.
The Grecians were down in 11th place at the turn of the year, but victories away at York City and Wycombe Wanderers lifted the club back into the play-off places.
Then, following a win at home to Southend and a draw away at Torquay United, the Grecians moved into third place, just seven points behind league leaders Port Vale and six behind Gillingham.
And despite many predicting that top two clubs will be hard to catch, Tully is not giving up yet.
"They are catchable," said the full-back. "They all have blips, but between now and the end of the season it is about how we play. We will concentrate on ourselves and if we can catch them, we will catch them."
Tully was speaking following City's gutsy 1-1 draw away at Torquay United on Tuesday night.
The Grecians had fallen behind to a 15th-minute penalty from Rene Howe but, on a difficult playing surface, City fought back to preserve the unbeaten run thanks to an 84th-minute penalty from Alan Gow.
City's task in catching the front runners is made that bit easier by a fortunate run of fixtures over the next six weeks.
The Grecians travel to basement-club Bristol Rovers on Saturday, before hosting Torquay United at home on the following Monday. After that they play three teams, Aldershot, Morcambe and Accrington, who all currently occupy places in the bottom half of the table.
And on the back of four games without loss, Tully says it is important they keep their fine form going.
"We want to keep this run of games going as long as possible," he said. "We want to stay in the top five or six teams for the rest of the season and to do that we have got to keep turning out results.
"It is games like the one at Torquay that you have got to get something out of the game and we were pleased to get something out of the game when things we going against us.
"I think had we not got a point we would have been really disappointed.
"We created chances second half and Gow's feet around the box is always going to cause defenders problems.
"We have just got to keep grinding out results and the longer we can go unbeaten the better," added Tully. "We have just got to take it a game at a time and it is another big game for us on Saturday away at Bristol and then it is home against Torquay."
It could also be argued that City will take the psychological advantage when they face Torquay United on January 26 in their next home game.
However, manager Paul Tisdale did not agree adding that the pressure would be on City.
"It will be a different game," he said. "Don't forget it is a home game and our supporters will expect us to have all the initiative and we know how that has been difficult for us this season so far."