John Coleman knows it’s been a great season no matter what happens in the final three games.
The Reds have gone from a relegation fight in February into the promotion race with a chance of securing a place in the top seven after a 15-game unbeaten run.
Stanley, in 11th place, travel to relegation-threatened Newport on Saturday knowing that both teams need the three points.
“Once we went three or four games unbeaten, we challenged the players to go unbeaten until the end of the season,” said Coleman.
“Some people took that as winning every game but I didn’t mean that, you expect draws as well, but I hope it comes to fruition that we go unbeaten.
“Whatever happens, I am proud of the season we have had. The players have turned it around and we had two magnificent cup runs where we acquitted ourselves well against three Premier League teams, only conceding two goals. Whatever, we go into next season invigorated.
“I always knew these players were capable. When we beat Bradford in the FA Cup, we were about seventh and we plummeted then as quickly as we have climbed the table now.
“We always knew it was possible and that we were capable of doing that.”
After a trip to Newport, Stanley take on play-off chasing Luton at home and then Stevenage away.
Coleman continued: “I think that as the unbeaten run has gone on we have got edgier. We haven’t played as well as we would like in the last two games but we have managed to grind out the results to keep the run going.
“There is a prize to be won. Two or three months ago, the prize was staying up and that’s shifted somewhat.
“There is a lot of teams separated by a miniscule amount of points and I hope we go into the last game at Stevenage still with a prize to play for.
“Most teams in or around the play-offs will think three wins should do it but all we can do is worry about ourselves and try and keep our run going. We do, though, need to improve in the last three games and play better than we have in the last couple of matches.”