It looked impossible a month ago, but MK Dons are back in with a shout of finishing in the League 1 play-offs after a 2-0 win over Swindon on Tuesday night.
Second half goals courtesy of Mathias Doumbe and Ryan Lowe were enough to see off the Robins, who currently sit in the sought after sixth spot.
But the disappointment of the Crawley game last Saturday – a 0-0 draw Dons dominated from start to finish – is now even greater as Tuesday’s win sees Dons cut the gap to just four points, with four games to go.
And with Swindon going to Sheffield United while Dons visit Leyton Orient, the gap could be down to just a point by Saturday night.
“I thought we deserved that, we were the better side,” said boss Karl Robinson at the end of the game.
“Swindon are one of the best teams to come here this season, because they passed the ball so well. But I don’t think they created a chance of note. It was a good evening.
“We should be winning more matches, and we had even better chances at the weekend (against Crawley). We should only be two points behind, but we’re four.”
Dons’ remaining games – Leyton Orient, Colchester, Scunthorpe and Stevenage – are all winnable. And having picked up 10 points from their last four, Dons have seen the gap shrink from 10 points to four.
And if results continue to go Dons’ way between now and their trip to Stevenage on April 27, then landing that sixth place on the final day of the season could yet be a realistic prospect. And they would go into the play-offs as the in-form team.
But everyone involved with the club will echo Robinson’s sentiment: “I just hope it’s not too late,” he said.