Colchester United manager Joe Dunne hopes his players can show their mental strength to finally secure their League One status at the weekend.
A point at Carlisle United will see the U's safe, but they could be relegated on goal difference if they lose and Scunthorpe win their final game of the season at home to Swindon.
The scenario would not have emerged had Colchester managed to beat Shrewsbury in their final home game on Saturday 20 April.
"Mentally we've been very strong, but Saturday was the first time where the players were waiting for things to happen," Dunne admitted.
"The great thing about this Saturday is that we can't rely on anyone else. We have to go there and get the job done.
"The season has led to this moment. It's reality. You have to face up to it and deal with it."
Dunne insists he'll instruct his players to try to win the game rather than go for a point at Brunton Park, and he's not expecting any favours from their hosts.
"Carlisle are a club looking to stabilise under Greg Abbott," Dunne added.
"We want to finish the season on a high. They won't be giving us anything. Whatever we get we'll have to earn."