Torquay would have been content to settle for mid-table mediocrity three months into the season, according to Eunan O'Kane.
An eight-match winless run in September and October left the Gulls sliding towards the danger zone in League Two, but since then the Devon side have soared up the table and currently sit sixth with a third of the term remaining.
That poor streak has long been forgotten, if O'Kane is to be believed, but the 21-year-old did concede that back then any lingering hopes of a place in the play-offs would have been quickly dismissed as fantasy.
He said: "That's not spoken about very much now.
"We went through a very bad time at that stage and back then we would have been happy to just to stay up and avoid relegation.
"Now we've got difficult to break down and we've changed what we want from the season."