Mansfield Town are ready for a ‘dog fight’ against rivals Notts County, says Reggie Lambe.
The Stags man scored in the 2-1 win over Carlisle United on Saturday on his return to the starting line-up following time away with international side Bermuda.
Lamb praised the team’s performance at Brunton Park and said his own experience with Bermuda was a worthwhile trip.
“It’s a great effort from us. We pushed hard and made sure we got the three points,” he said.
“Coming back into the team and getting a goal after coming back from international duty was great for me and the team.
“Getting away and clearing my head brought me back with loads of confidence and I’m ready to keep going until the end of the season.
“Hopefully I get a few more starts before then.
“It was a very worthwhile trip. I scored for Bermuda as well so I’m trying to keep going until the end of the season.”
Next up for Mansfield is near neighbours Notts County at the One Call Stadium.
The win at play-off chasing Carlisle ended a run of seven games without one for the Stags who sit six points off the top seven with five games remaining.
The Magpies go into the derby with renewed optimism following the appointment of Mark Cooper as manager and back-to-back 1-0 wins at home over Stevenage on Saturday and Hartlepool on Tuesday night.
And before that claimed a point at top of the table Northampton Town.
Lambe added: “We’re in training this week and we’re just going to make sure we get a victory against our local rivals.
“I think we build it up very much. We want to get on top of Notts County and get a win because they’re so close and they are our rivals, so we’re going to go in to the game and just know it’s a dog fight.”