Chesterfield travel to Oldham Athletic on Saturday safe in the knowledge three points coupled with results elsewhere will confirm a play-off spot in League One.
The Spireites were rampant on Tuesday night as they dismissed Colchester United with three goals in either half to strengthen their hold on a top six finish this campaign.
A 6-0 win not only extended the gap between Chesterfield in sixth and seventh-placed Rochdale to seven points but also significantly enhanced the Spireites’ goal difference.
Challengers Rochdale were beaten 4-2 by Swindon, Fleetwood went down 3-0 to MK Dons and Bradford were thrashed 6-0 on their own patch by Bristol City, who secured promotion.
It all means that if Chesterfield win at mid-table Oldham and Rochdale, who still have a game in hand, lose at Gillingham then the Spireites can’t be caught on 70 points.
After a fifth win in six games, Chesterfield have seemingly timed their play-off assault to perfection on a night that left Paul Cook a happy man.
He said: “It’s got to be up there as the best since I’ve been at the club. It was a big game. There was a lot of pressure on us all. I said to the lads before the game that the most important thing was that we turned up and we did.
“I thought everyone played their part. Whenever we have good wins, Tommy Lee has to make god saves and he had to do that again. He made a great save at 0-0. We scored goals at good times and confidence levels were high.
“We’re a good side, but it’s about players and we’ve got good players. Managers who do well have good players and we’re lucky, but there is a long way to go.
“We’ve got three games to go and teams can still catch us. We have a habit of finishing seasons strongly and if we can keep momentum then the likelihood is we can get there, if we don’t take points then we would have done our best.”