Manager Gary Johnson has revealed he wants his Robins to target being within touching distance of the play-offs by the end of the year.
Cheltenham are all set for a busy month with five Sky Bet League Two games to face before the home clash with Newport County on December 30.
First up is Crewe Alexandra on Saturday at the LCI Rail Stadium (kick-off 3pm).
And Johnson has told his players now is the time to start looking to climb the table if they want to be in the play-off mix in 2018.
“We’ve definitely got to gain some ground on the play-off teams,” he said.
“If we are one win away from the play-off teams by January 1 then that is where we want to be. That is our target.
“We have got to be within three points of the play-offs – but it would be great if we were in them. We have got to get closer and get in there.
“I have watched a few of Crewe’s recent games and you have to respect all teams in this league. But both teams will see it is three very important points.”
Johnson revealed Mo Eisa is set to feature after his injury scare at Forest Green Rovers, but he will not name his team until later in the week to allow others to recover.
“A few niggles have cleared up,” he said. “ We have long term injuries rather than niggles and we have two days until we select then team.
“I wouldn’t say we have lots of players back, but I have two days to hope the physiotherapists can work their magic.”