Carlisle defender Matty Robson believes MK Dons will be expecting a tough battle when the two sides clash at stadium:mk this weekend.
The Dons, five points better off than sixth-placed Carlisle, ran out comfortable 3-1 winners at Brunton Park in September, but Robson takes plenty of heart from the Cumbrians' form since October.
Robson told the club's official website: "Our next game at MK Dons we know will be tough as they were excellent up here at Brunton Park earlier this season.
"We've improved a lot since then though and I'm sure they'll be looking at our results over the last three months and realising that they're going to be in for a difficult encounter against us."
Carlisle have lost only two of their last 15 league games since October with that run including wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. They also took a point from a recent 1-1 draw at Huddersfield.