Bury boss Kevin Blackwell believes his side are on the verge of a breakthrough following a 1-1 draw with Carlisle.
The Shakers were denied victory by an injury-time strike from Joe Garner after dominating the game for large spells. Garner's intervention sealed an unlikely point for the visitors after Zac Thompson had put Bury ahead on his debut.
Blackwell said: "It's just unfortunate. The lads deserved a break but they didn't get it. We could've won maybe two or three games with the chances we had.
"But overall we've seen a massive change in the performance of the players. That's what I was brought here to do and hopefully we're starting to see that.
"They were just hanging on there but that's what football is about. They got something out of it rather unjustly but that's life. I have nothing but praise for my players because they were fantastic. I couldn't pick anybody out because they were all fantastic.
"We're very close now because we've been in games we should have won and we're getting in those positions but the last few minutes always seem to hurt us. My record says I know how to win games. I want to get to finals and I want to get to finals with Bury."