Joseph Yobo feels it is imperative that Everton make the most of their remaining home fixtures.
The Toffees have three games left in which to secure European football for next season, with two of those matches set to take place at Goodison Park.
David Moyes' men welcome sixth-placed Aston Villa to Merseyside on Sunday in the knowledge that the Villans have closed to within three points of them in the race for a Uefa Cup spot.
Everton will then travel to Arsenal a week later, before ending the season with a visit from Newcastle.
With so much riding on the end of season run-in, Nigerian international Yobo is well aware that the club cannot afford to slip-up now.
"Towards the end of the season you always want to be playing most of your games at home and we've got that opportunity now, so hopefully we can take advantage of that," the defender told Everton's official website.
"We're playing for the right to reach the Uefa Cup so we are all playing for something and that makes it very exciting."
After occupying a spot in the top five for the whole of 2008, Yobo admits that it would be a devastating blow were the club to miss out on a return to the Uefa Cup.
The Toffees won eight of their 10 matches in the competition this season, only falling short on penalties against Fiorentina in the last 16, and are keen to launch another European campaign next season.
"If you'd have given us fifth at the start of the season, we'd have taken it," said Yobo.
"If you look at the way the Everton team has been going this season, we've been fourth or fifth for quite a long time now so it's going to be disappointing if we don't qualify for Europe.
"Once you've played in Europe, most players want to do that every year. We've tasted it a few times now, and we know what it's like and we want to get there again."