Despite falling to within a point of the relegation zone, Karl Robinson feels Dons are in a better place to fight than they were a few weeks ago.
A resurgent Rotherham side, now under Neil Warnock’s guidance, have won their last three, while Dons have picked up four points with a win over QPR and a draw at Charlton while losing late on at Blackburn.
But while the gap to the teams below has shortened, the fate of Bristol City and Fulham has seen a two-horse race for survival turn into a four-horse sprint for the line.
With 10 games remaining, Robinson expects plenty more dips to come along the way, and knows things can change very quickly in football.
“When we lost a few games, we were still six points clear, now we’re only one point above it,” he said. “When you look back at them, Rotherham haven’t really dominated those game either. We have to ride our luck as well though. We’re already pulling off a miracle being where we are.
“Two weeks ago, it looked like a two-horse race between us and Rotherham, now it’s a four-horse race. But Fulham have two of the best front men in the league, while Bristol City have spent big.
“And things don’t get much harder for us, with Hull away and Brighton at home. But if we can nick something out of these games going into the international break, our final few games will look a lot better.”