Sale Sharks lock Jonathan Mills believes the next two games are vital as they battle to secure a top-four finish in Aviva Premiership Rugby.
Sale beat third-placed Saracens on the weekend 14-10 to move up to fifth and now sit only a point outside the play-off places.
Mills was named man of the match for that game after driving over the whitewash to score from a lineout.
“I thought it was a great team performance,” he said. “Obviously, it's great to get an accolade like that but it's all about the team.
“I thought the boys out there really put a big shift in and you could see at the end of the game that we were knackered, but obviously very happy to get that win.”
Such is the close proximity of the teams vying for a place in the top four at the end of the season that only four points separate second-placed Bath Rugby and Wasps in seventh, and Mills stressed that every game is important from now on.
“I think you've got to take it week by week because one win will put you right in there but one loss will send you down to seventh,” he said.
“It's really tight in there at the moment and I think we've got to really stick in there and try to keep with the teams around us.
“In these next two weeks, we've got two tough away games against Leicester Tigers and Bath.
“If after those two games we're still in the mix then we've got a really good chance to kick on with the games coming up after that. We're all confident in our game and we're going well.
“Beating Saracens at any time of the season is a good time to do it, but obviously it's great for us – especially with the season going as it is – to really kick on now from that win.”
Mills joined Sale in 2013 and recently extended his stay at the AJ Bell Stadium for an additional two years, with skipper Dan Braid and talismanic fly-half Danny Cipriani following suit.
“I'm enjoying it here,” added the 31-year-old. “I'm enjoying living up here and it's a good bunch of lads who all work hard for each other.
“There's not too many superstars but we all work hard week in, week out, and you can see that we're a really close team and I think that shows on the pitch.”
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