MATT O'Brien insists Bedfont Town can still make the play-offs, despite spending half of the season battling relegation.
When former boss Kevin Cooper left in November, Bedfont were marooned in the Southern League Central drop zone.
However, a run of 10 wins and just two defeats in 14 games, first under Jon-Barries Bates and now Garry Haylock, has lifted Town up to 13 th , as well as top of the form table.
Former QPR trainee O'Brien (pictured) is one of few players who have been at The Orchard for the whole of what has been a turbulent season, but looks like ending on a high.
He said: “We can still make the play-offs, which would be an amazing turnaround from where we were not so long ago. Even if we don't, it has already been a massive revival.
“I don't want to slate Coops as he had his own way of doing things and tried his hardest, but you can tell Garry has managed at a higher level, we are a well-drilled professional outfit now.
“We have a great team spirit now too. We started badly against Rugby but showed good spirit to pull together and pull of what turned out to be a great result.”
Bedfont rode their luck early on with Gary Ross making a string of brilliant saves, and when he was beaten, the effort being scrambled off the line.
Reis Stanislaus latched onto a long ball forward from Tommy Brewer to put them in front eight minutes before the break, but Rugby equalised with the last kick of the half when Ross made a superb point-blank stop from Tyrone Fagan, who played the loose ball back in for Richard Blythe to net on the goal-line.
But it was Bedfont who came back out with their tails up, and regained the lead within minutes of the restart through a superb finish from Aaron Clarke before Sean Lucien crossed for Wayne O'Sullivan to seal the victory with 20 minutes left.
However, it could have been a far more emphatic win for Bedfont, with Lucien missing a hat-trick of good chances, O'Sullivan fluffing his lines when one-on-one chance, Byron Bubb striking the post with a magnificent effort and Clarke having another belter hacked off the line.
Haylock added: “We have always been a good attacking unit, but we are starting to defend well now too, and the back four we have now work very well together.
“I didn't think we looked right in the warm-up and I had a real go at them. We started badly and rode our luck. It would have been a different game if they had scored when they had the early pressure, but we got back into it and took control – and could have scored five or six more.”