Jamie Stevenson insists every game is now like a cup final for Peterhead.
The Blue Toon reached the League Two summit on goal difference on Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over Clyde.
With nine games left, Jim McInally’s side have their destiny in their own hands.
And midfielder Stevenson, 33, knows every game is crucial as they battle with Montrose to win the title.
He said: “It is nice to be top of the league because we’ve been working hard.
“We’ve had a few setbacks and a few people writing us off.
“In the changing room the manager has always been encouraging and we’ve kept working hard.
“We’re at the top on merit and it’s up to us to stay there until the end of the season.
“There are nine games to go and it’s a cliche, but every game is a cup final.
“We’ll just keep working hard and try to win as many as we can and see where it takes us.
“We have a good mix of senior players and young players in our squad, hopefully we can grind it out for the rest of the season and get across the line.”
The Blue Toon were scheduled to host Stenhousemuir tomorrow at Balmoor, but the game was postponed yesterday with around two feet of snow on top of the pitch.
The match will have to be rearranged for a Tuesday night. That prospect doesn’t faze Stevenson, even though he and half of the Peterhead squad are based in the central belt and will need time off work to play in the game.
He added: “We always try to prepare as professionally as we can, our employers are very open-minded when it comes to time off.
“If it needs to be a Tuesday night then so be it because we’ve only got nine games to go. It’s not much of a sacrifice to try to win the league.”