Macclesfield's Algerian international Hamza Bencherif does not want to see his side in the top seven until April.
The Silkmen are enjoying a fine campaign, climbing to eighth spot in the League Two table and just three places outside the play-offs.
Bencherif believes the club's best chance of mounting a promotion challenge is to remain on the fringes until the last few weeks off the campaign.
The midfielder told the Macclesfield Express: "I think we can make the play-offs but, to do this, teams have to be both physically and mentally strong.
"I think we need to be around mid-table in February, outside the play-offs, and then we can push on from there.
"What we have to do now is stay focused and keep working hard for each other. We are one of the smallest squads in the league, we haven't got the biggest budget and we haven't got the most fans but the same could be said for Dagenham and Exeter and they did it. It's not all about money and hopefully team spirit can see us through."