Notts County manager Kevin Nolan says victory over Lincoln City this evening would be important in continuing his side's momentum.
The Magpies go into the Checkatrade Trophy clash having won their last two games, against Newport County in Sky Bet League Two and Bristol Rovers in the Emirates FA Cup.
And Nolan says his side's latest challenge is a significant one.
"It's a big game," he said. "We've got lads who need gametime, it's a derby and if we win we go through.
"We're trying to build momentum. It always helps when you're winning games - it breeds confidence around the club and city.
"In the last couple of games we've been back to the intensity and tempo that earned us our six wins on the spin.
"After our fantastic win on Friday we want to carry that forward, and then take it on to Stevenage."
Nolan confirmed goalkeeper Adam Collin is progressing as expected in his recovery from injury.
And, while Collin will be unavailable, the manager is looking forward to giving some members of his squad a chance to impress him.
"It's a great opportunity for the lads who haven't had the minutes," he said. "They can put themselves in the forefront of my mind and show me they're ready.
"The lads are really going at it in training and we're really looking forward to this week."