Willie Gibson warned Peterhead they haven’t reached the League One play-off final yet after their win against Stirling Albion.
Mason Robertson bagged the only goal as the Blue Toon won 1-0 at Forthbank.
But ahead of Saturday’s second leg against the Binos at Balmoor, Gibson warned that the job isn’t done.
And he is hoping for a similar showing to last night to set up a final clash with Queen’s Park or Stenhousemuir.
Gibson said: “We would have taken that before the start, although I thought in the first half we could have been two or three up.
“We were a bit unlucky to go in at half-time only 1-0 up.
“We knew at half-time we didn’t need to chase it and could remain patient.
“We knew they would come out and put pressure on us, which they did.
“The boys worked hard and it’s a case of preparing for Saturday now because it’s another big game.
“At this stage of the season any mistake can cost you.
“We’re disappointed our season is still going because we’d like to have won the league.
“But it is what it is and we know we have a team more than capable of winning the play-offs and still achieve the goal – promotion.”
Confidence is high in the Peterhead dressing room with last night’s win their seventh in a row.
And Gibson is desperate to make it eight on Saturday.
The midfielder added: “We’ve won seven on the bounce which is great to take into Saturday.
“We’ve had a good look at each other last night and we’ll look to get another goal which will put the pressure on them.
“We don’t need to force things on Saturday, we can see how it goes.
“But as long as we keep it tight, which we have been doing recently, there’s no reason why we can’t progress.”
The first half was one almost completely dominated by the Blue Toon with Gibson at the heart of their best moves.
On three minutes he struck a volley from 25 yards just past the post.
Gibson also curled a 30-yard free-kick just wide on eight minutes.
Russell McLean forced a decent save from goalie Cameron Binnie with a low shot from an acute angle.
Then on 10 minutes Gibson played a great ball in behind for Rory McAllister on the right of the box. He turned his defender and sent in a great shot from 14 yards that Binnie spectacularly tipped on to the crossbar.
On 28 minutes McAllister threatened again. After a quick counter-attack Scott Brown found him, the striker cut into the area on the right but Binnie did well to hold his low drive.
Just a minute later the Blue Toon were ahead.
Jack Leitch sent in a brilliant ball from the left flank, Russell McLean met it at the back post and headed the ball across goal for ROBERTSON to sweep home from six yards.
McAllister tested Binnie again with a strike from the left of the box and then McLean lashed over from a Gibson corner.
Albion started the second half better and in the 53rd minute Daniel Jardine was close to equalising when he controlled Ross Kavanagh’s cross from the right but shot just wide from eight yards.
Robertson almost had a second on 57 minutes when Gibson’s corner from the right was met by the centre-back.
But Robertson’s looping header was scrambled off the line by the home defence.
With 16 minutes left McAllister continued his battle with Binnie, testing the keeper with a 30-yard free-kick.
The Blue Toon had a let-off minutes later when Kavanagh sent in another teasing delivery from the right, but it cannoned off Leitch to safety.
As the second half progressed Peterhead seemed happy with 1-0. But they were dangerous on the break and this is a good result to take into the second leg at the weekend.
Stirling Albion: Cameron Binnie, Ross McGeachie, Ewan McNeill, Lee Hamilton, Darren Barr, Kevin Moon (William Robertson 46), Neil McLaughlin (Darren Smith 67), Daniel Jardine, Peter MacDonald, Liam Caddis, Ross Kavanagh.
Subs not used: Craig Wight, George Stanger, Ross Smith, Andy Black, Sean Dickson.
Peterhead: Greg Fleming, Jason Brown, Mason Robertson, David McCracken (Allan Smith 50), Jamie Stevenson; Scott Brown, Simon Ferry, Willie Gibson (Jordon Brown 80), Jack Leitch, Rory McAllister (Chris Johnston 83), Russell McLean.
Subs not used: Fraser Hobday, Aaron Norris, Karim Belmohkter, Scott Adams.