Preston North End manager Simon Grayson says the club now have a “one game season” to get promoted from Sky Bet League One.
If the Lilywhites can better the result of other automatic promotion hopefuls Milton Keynes Dons on the final day of the campaign, they will be promoted to the Championship for the first time in four years.
After relegation to the League One in 2011, Preston have not been able to return to the league since but this season could just be theirs.
Simon Grayson’s men play Colchester United away on Saturday and all they have to do is replicate what MK Dons are doing to return to the second tier of English football.
Manager Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire: “It now all boils down to a one game season next weekend.
“We have said for the last three or four games our destiny is in our own hands and we can’t affect what happens at other clubs.”
Unlike last season when his side finished fifth in the league and had to try their hand in the playoffs, in which they lost to Rotherham in the semi-finals, Grayson’s side now have their fate in their own hands.
It was the ninth time that the club had lost in the play-offs and Grayson said that his players have earned their spot in the table.
“For us to be where we are and what we have done is a testament to the players. At this stage of the season to be 18 games unbeaten and have given ourselves the opportunity to be promoted next weekend is fantastic and we are focused and determined to do that.”