Midfielder Gary Liddle has admitted that Notts County came back from the brink with a vital win over Carlisle United last month.
Ahead of the Cumbrians clash, Notts were seven points adrift of safety and another defeat would have all but signalled relegation for the Magpies.
However, County refused to give up and an important three points preceded victories against Crewe Alexandra and Colchester United to give the club a fighting chance.
Although Notts suffered a setback away at Sky Bet Championship-bound Brentford last Saturday, the team can still head into the final five games with a belief of completing The Great Escape.
Liddle explained: “The whole mentality of the squad has changed, because going down after that MK Dons game and seeing the dressing room after the Tranmere Rovers game, it was deflated and heads had dropped.
“It looked as though we were defeated but the three wins we’ve won has really ignited a belief in the squad.
“I think it’s down to the Carlisle game really, which, no two ways about it, was a must-win for us.
“If we didn’t then a lot of people would have probably seen it as a curtains shut type of thing.
“Thankfully we came out of that with a win and followed it up with two more.
“It gives us a lot of confidence, even after the Brentford game, because we’re in decent form at the moment and we can look forward to games again.”
Notts are looking to bounce back at Meadow Lane against Port Vale this weekend. For full details, click here.
You can check out an extended interview with Liddle, who talks about his road to recovery and his part in The Great Escape, in this weekend’s edition of #themag.