Northwood manager Dave Anderson warned his players not to get complacent now that they are back among the play-off places.
The Woods have remained unbeaten since Anderson took over and are now undefeated in eight Ryman One North games - a run which has taken them up to fifth place.
But the Belfast-born boss insisted his young players treat this as merely the beginning of what could be a promotion-winning drive.
He has not discounted the idea of going up as champions either, although catching Aveley who are eight points clear of the Woods with a game in hand, remains a long shot.
"I think the possibility of someone outside of Aveley winning it will become apparent in the next four or five weeks," said the 46-year-old. "I haven't given up on that but we're very much of the opinion that the run we've had has merely got the club in the position to have a run at them.
"We've done a lot of hard work to give us a chance of doing something and now we have to not rest on our laurels.
"We want to make sure these lads don't think they've arrived and that they can drop their work rate.
"Our next four or five games are against sides around us and I'll then have a more complete picture of my team and the division.
"If we take nine points-plus out of our next five games I think we'll be well in there."
Six wins and two draws since the Woods were shocked by struggling Witham Town, which marked the end of Colin Payne's tenure, have taken the Northwood Park club from mid-table obscurity to the fringes of the play-offs and now the challenge is to stay there.
The first major test of their credentials comes on Saturday when they host Wingate & Finchley, who are four points behind but have four games in hand so they could really do with recording a fifth straight win.
A week later they travel to fourth-placed Waltham Abbey who have two games in hand but with loan striker Staforde Palmer proving an inspired if only temporary addition from Hayes & Yeading United, Northwood have a real chance of mounting a sustained promotion challenge.
Palmer has come for a month to regain match fitness after breaking his ankle and he started on fire with a hat-trick and then made it four goals in his first two games.
"Staforde Palmer coming on loan has been a big boost because I felt the one thing we were missing was a centre forward who's got goals in him," commented Anderson, who would like to bring in two or three more players for the second half of the season. "I need to extend Staf's loan or get a centre forward and maybe another two experienced play-ers to what I've got.
"There are a couple of young centre forwards at the club but you don't want the whole weight of the football club on young and inexperienced shoulders so we'll either be looking to extend Staf's loan or bring someone in who's more established and the other players can play off him."
Brad Hewitt is fit again and Michael Peacock's loan from AFC Wimbledon has been extended, meaning the manager can field two centre halves who he is convinced would cut it in the Ryman Premier, while other players are close to returning too, which means the squad is just about at full strength.
John Christian (shoulder) and Ryan Tackley could be available for the weekend and last week's postponement at Aveley will not have done Mark Burgess (ankle) any harm.
Rob Ursell will be back from his holiday in the Bahamas.
Northwood host North Greenford United in the Middlesex Charity Cup on Tuesday after the fixture was moved back a week to accommodate last night's (Tuesday) Ryman League Cup tie with Fleet Town, which had been postponed.