Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc says he and his teammates are eagerly anticipating tomorrow's 'six-pointer' at Wigan Athletic.
With the sides close to one-another in the Barclays Premier League standings, this fixture could have a big say on where the two finish the campaign.
Boruc has held the number-one spot for the past month, during which Saints have lost just one league game – Wednesday's narrow defeat at Manchester United.
And the stopper says the team should be encouraged by their recent good form as they travel to the DW Stadium.
"Everybody is looking forward to the game because it looks like it’s going to be very important for us," Boruc told Saints Player.
"It’s a six-pointer, and hopefully we’ll get them. Our [recent] results have been very good given the opponents we’ve had, so let’s hope it stays that way."
Boruc was awarded the man-of-the-match award for his performance in the midweek game at United, where Saints dominated the second half but could not find a leveller.
And, despite leaving Old Trafford empty-handed, he says the team can look back on that game with some pride.
"It was a narrow defeat, but we were playing against one of the top teams so you can really enjoy that kind of game," he insisted.
"I’d have rather had a different scoreline, but we played outstandingly well in the second half. If we keep playing that way, we’re definitely going to stay in there because we’re on a good run."
On a personal note, Boruc says he is enjoying his spell as Southampton's first-choice goalkeeper having held his place since being recalled on New Year's Day.
His good form was rewarded last week with a call-up to the Polish national squad after a two-year absence – something that has left the 32-year-old especially pleased.
"I’m very happy," he said. "Things are a bit clearer for me just now. It’s very important for the goalkeeper to have confidence from the gaffer.
"Everybody is fighting for the number one place and that’s good. I like competition and I think it’s helping everybody."