Greg Fleming insists Peterhead’s previous promotion pain gives them extra motivation to win League Two this season.
With five games left the Blue Toon are five points clear of Edinburgh City at the summit of the table.
But the Buchan outfit face a crunch clash on Saturday when they go to Clyde, who sit six points adrift in third.
Last season the men from Balmoor missed out on promotion twice in a matter of weeks as Montrose pipped them to the title by a point and Stenhousemuir beat them in the play-off final.
That pain is fuelling Fleming this season and the goalie, pictured, said: “After the work we’ve put in we want to see it through and even more so because of last season.
“There are quite a lot of us left in the squad. We had a double hit where we lost the league by a point and then lost in the play-off final.
“When you experience that it isn’t nice and you have to use it as motivation to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
After defeat to Berwick Rangers on March 19 Peterhead go into the Clyde game following a 0-0 draw with Edinburgh and Saturday’s 2-1 home win against Cowdenbeath.
That was the 10th time the Blue Toon have won by a single goal in the league this campaign and Fleming believes their ability to grind out results could be important in the run-in.
The former Ayr keeper added: “Against Edinburgh we could have been a couple up at half-time.
“They came more into it in the second half but I don’t think they had a shot on target – so we managed that game very well.
“Against Cowdenbeath on Saturday we probably didn’t play very well, but we won.
“At this time of the season if you were to offer people not playing very well but winning they would bite your hand off. At this stage it’s all about points.
“If we keep grinding out results and win the league nobody will look back and say ‘oh we didn’t play that well in some games’.
“Winning games and winning the league is all that matters.
“It’s nice to be able to grind out wins because last season there weren’t many games that we won 1-0. Often last season if we were winning 1-0 we might have conceded towards the end and slipped up.
“But this season there has been something more about us and we’ve managed to grind wins out. If you can do that and win the league those wins we’ve ground out are important.”
Peterhead won 3-1 at Clyde’s Broadwood in October and Fleming takes confidence from that result.
He said: “I think since we beat them at Broadwood they have only lost once.
“It’s going to be tough, but we have beaten them down there before.
“Although it will be difficult, I don’t see why we can’t do it again.”