Nottingham Forest's Garath McCleary has admitted the club have underachieved this season.
Forest have found themselves embroiled in a relegation fight after a disappointing campaign at the City Ground.
Portsmouth's financial woes have boosted Forest' survival hopes with the club climbing out of the drop zone due to Pompey being deducted ten points for going into administration for the second time in as many years.
For the last two seasons Forest have been vying for promotion to the Premier League, but they have failed to live up to expectations this term and McCleary insists they can have no excuses for their poor form.
"We know we have underachieved as a team this season and we must stay up," McCleary told skysports.com.
"It was good to get the win against Coventry last week and we need to kick on now and get as many points as possible so we can climb up the table."
McCleary played a key role in the win over Coventry, netting the opening goal of the 2-0 victory with a stunning solo effort.
The 24-year-old has played down his strike being one of the goals of the season, insisting the win over fellow strugglers Coventry was more important than any personal glory.
"I don't know if the goal is a goal of the season contender but it was a good goal," added McCleary.
"I ran about 60 yards unchallenged and it was great to see the ball hit the net.
"I would say it was the best goal of my career, but the most important thing was getting the win as it was a massive three points for us to get out of the bottom three."