Stephen Lowry insists there is little room for error as Linfield target title glory this season.
The Blues sit one point clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership as they approach a busy festive schedule.
A relentless series of crunch tests lie in wait for Warren Feeney’s side over the next fortnight.
It all starts with the visit of Portadown to Windsor Park on Saturday afternoon, before another huge home clash with derby rivals Glentoran on Boxing Day.
If the Blues emerge from that double-header unscathed, they then face a trip to Crusaders on New Year’s Day followed by Coleraine’s visit to south Belfast two days later.
It is a titanic couple of weeks for Lowry and Linfield, and one the midfielder hopes they can capitalise on.
“Our next three or four games are massive, but we can’t wait,” Lowry said.
“All the players are buzzing over the fixtures – these are the games you want to be involved in.
“There’s very little between the top three or four clubs, so things can change quickly. We just have to make sure we look after ourselves and pick up a few wins along the way.
“Our main focus is on Portadown on Saturday. We probably owe them one following the opening day of the season when they beat us 3-0 up at their place.
“That was a disappointing way to start the season, but we haven’t lost away from home in the league since then. We have bounced back.
“We just have to keep continuing working hard and hopefully the results will follow.”
Also on Saturday champions Cliftonville travel to Glentoran.
The Reds haven’t won a league game at the Oval since September 2011.
“It is always tough there and we expect the same this time,” boss Tommy Breslin said.
“If we play the way we know we can then we can get a positive result.”
Elsewhere, Ballinamallard United entertain Glenavon, Ballymena United travel to Institute and Coleraine host Warrenpoint Town.