Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson challenged his side to stay ahead of the pack after their 2-0 win at Crawley in League One on Saturday.
Tony McMahon struck from 30 yards in both halves at the Broadfield Stadium to lift the Blades above Tranmere and Wilson is looking for consolidation going into the hectic festive fixtures.
He said: "It's great to go top after a terrific team performance and lots of aspects of our play pleased me. The challenge now is for us to stay there. We've got ourselves into a great position.
"Being top means a great deal. Now clubs around us will be looking at us leading the way.
"Some people maybe would have expected us to struggle against Crawley on a difficult pitch, which was a leveller, but we went out and were very positive."
Heavy rain in the lead-up to the game made for a tricky playing surface, but Wilson was delighted with the way his men adapted to the conditions.
He added: "They had to get a lot of water off the pitch and it left a bit of a quagmire. But there are no excuses if you don't get the result you want.
"We had to play in certain areas, but we did a job as well as we could, and it was a good solid performance. We defended brilliantly throughout and scored two terrific goals from set-plays."
Veteran striker Dave Kitson, who made a long-awaited comeback from a hamstring injury when he stepped off the bench at Tranmere the previous week, was drafted into the side and was substituted 21 minutes from time.
Wilson said: "As this was Dave's first start for around eight weeks, we had to be careful. He had a hamstring injury and the pitch was heavy, so that was the reason he came off."