Danny Wilson says Saturday’s hosts Swindon might be labouring under a false impression of League One safety.
The Robins sit two points and two places above Wilson’s Chesterfield, and can still mathematically be relegated.
Wilson hopes that the result of Saturday’s game will lift the Spireites away from the drop zone completely, and keep Swindon involved in the dog fight.
“Even Swindon are not safe,” he said.
“They might think they are but they’re not safe, they’re still in and around us.
“We have to go there with a real determination to get something and return home with it.
“It would certainly keep Swindon in and around us.”
Wilson has acknowledged that the desire for attractive football is a secondary concern at such a vital stage of the season.
With three games left, and realistically one more win needed to safeguard the club’s League One status, Wilson will take a win by any means on Saturday.
“It’s not a situation where you’re going to get fast free-flowing football, because of the situation we’re in.
“The remit is to stay in this league, you’ve just got to get the points accumulated and move on after that.
“It’s a real battle and a scrap.”