Wolves full-back Kevin Foley admits he cannot begin to contemplate how devastating it would feel to miss out on automatic promotion this season.
Mick McCarthy's men have topped the Championship table for the majority of the season and currently sit five points clear of the chasing pack with 10 games remaining.
Wolves had suffered a slight wobble of late, but were able to bring that to an end on Tuesday as they notched their first win in eleven games against Crystal Palace.
That result has put the club in pole position to be playing Premier League football next term, with Foley telling skysports.com that missing out on promotion is not an option for the Molineux outfit.
"It would be a massive blow to miss out on automatic promotion because we have played so well during the course of the season and have remained at the top of the table for the majority of it," he said.
"Our goal is still the same and we want to make that possible when it comes to the end of the season."
Despite the Republic of Ireland international's confidence going into the business end of the season, Foley predicts a tight finish as those towards the top end of the table battle for supremacy.
"I think it is looking that way and at the moment there is no runaway leader," he added.
"It is getting tighter and tighter up at the top and we would love to separate ourselves from those who are closing in, but we are still top and remain confident that we can stay there until the end of the season."
Many see Reading and Birmingham as Wolves' main contenders for the title this season, but Foley insists fourth-placed Cardiff are still a force to be reckoned with.
"I think they have got a real chance of automatic promotion because if they do win their games in hand they will be inside the top two, so they are contenders, but they will have to face a lot of games in a short space of time," he said.
"It will be tough for them, but it is tough for every team at the moment and whoever can start stringing a few back-to-back wins together soon will hold the key."