Joe Worrall says the Nottingham Forest squad a fully-focused on the next game as QPR travel to The City Ground on Saturday.
The Reds are right in the mix for the promotion places and Worrall stressed the importance of keeping grounded and only looking at the next challenge.
He said: “We are all cool, calm and collected characters, so is the manager. He is very determined and focus to keep on the right track and not get ahead of ourselves.
“I think it is two or three points separating us from dropping out of the play-off places, so we need to be on the ball and make sure we are ready for every single game that comes our way.
“Everyone has a job to do, on and off the pitch we are all looking after ourselves and it is something that is testament to the characters we have in the changing room. We are all focused on that goal; there are 13 games to go and it is crazy how quickly it has gone.
“There are nerves but it is more excitement that is the overriding feeling, that we are this close and if we can just stay together and focus on the target then we can achieve it.”
The Reds face QPR, managed by former Forest manager Mark Warburton, and Worrall believes that having worked under him before could be an advantage for Forest.
He said: “A lot of us have worked with Mark Warburton before, we know how he likes to play and I enjoyed my time under him here. The attacking football he plays is really good and that shows with the amount of goals they score.
“But we know their weaknesses and I am sure they will look at our weaknesses; we just have to focus on ourselves, it doesn’t matter who we play.
“Fans get excited when we play Leeds or West Brom, but the crunch games are these kind of games. We have to focus on not who we are playing, but the position we are in with 13 games left. We have to try and get maximum points.”