Richie Wellens said he believes that there is still late movement to be made in the play-off chase as his side face a stern test against Bury this weekend in League Two.
Swindon sit seven points from the play-offs, with a game in hand, with Forest Green and Exeter occupying the final two play-off spots.
The Town boss says he believes there’s always one who will sneak in right at the last.
“One always sneaks in at the end – I did it as a player. I’m pretty certain that the sixth and seventh position won’t stay the same – people panic, get nervous. Teams beneath them play with freedom because they’ve got nothing to lose. I hope it can be in our favour.
“We’ve got a little bit of freedom but we still put a bit of pressure on ourselves because we need to win, but nobody is expecting us to get in the top seven. It’s about playing with a freedom but not giving games away in a silly way.”
Reflecting on his side’s form since the turn of the new year, Wellens said he was pleased on the whole.
“I think overall, in the last couple of months, our performances have been really consistent – we’ve had some good wins against some really good teams. It’s only the Stevenage game that sticks out where we really deserved to lose the game.
“We need to change that form into better form – every team in the play-offs has gone on four, five, six-game win streaks. We haven’t but there’s no better time to do it than now.
“We look like we’re a good outfit but this time in the season is so strange – you can play a team that’s 14th, 15th, got nothing to play for and you really don’t know what you’re going to get from them. You can play with freedom and be really good or be on their holidays and not at their full intensity.
“It’s a tricky time of year - the only thing we can control is that we’re on it. If we’re on it, we can have no excuses.”