JOHN Hughes will call on his players for one last survival push after a weekend of good fortune at the bottom of League One.
Pools enjoyed a first win in nine attempts thanks to an Andy Monkhouse double against Bury on Saturday, leapfrogging their visitors into 23rd position.
But it was events elsewhere which also served to reignite hope of an escape act, defeats for Oldham Athletic and Scunthorpe United seeing Pools move to within five points of safety.
Next up for Pools is a trip to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, and Hughes is relieved that his men are still in with a shout of avoiding the drop.
“We have given ourselves a bit of hope and I’ve said many a time that if we are still in there fighting in April, I’d be pleased,” the Scot told SportMail today.
“It was a must-win game on Saturday and we produced the goods.
“The win keeps us alive and took us off the bottom of the league so all credit to the boys.
“We aim to finish the season on a high and get the pride in the club.
“Hopefully the supporters went home happy at the weekend.
“There’s three to go, three cup finals for us, and we’ll be giving it our best shot.”