Peterhead FC took another step towards the League Two title with Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Albion Rovers.
Although rivals Annan made up ground with their win over Queen’s Park, Peterhead still have a comfortable eight-point lead.
After the match at Cliftonhill forward David Cox, forced to watch from the sidlines as he recovers from injury, told the Buchanie his teammates did not want a repeat of last season’s play off capitulation.
Peterhead missed promotion to what was the Scottish Second Division with David Muir’s second-leg strike for East Fife ending at 12-match unbeaten run by McInally’s side.
Cox, an integral part of that promotion-pushing side, told the Buchanie: “We’ve got the play offs and what happened at the end of last season in our minds.
“Hopefully that will push us on a bit more.
“We need to get as many of our wins now so we’re not under so much pressure in the final few games.”
The 24-year-old has been out of action since October when he sustained a broken metatarsal in the 1-1 draw with Annan.
Now he is determined not to face any more pain.
The former Annan man continued: “If it wasn’t for Rangers last year we could have won the league.
“It was a horrible, horrible feeling to get so far and to get beaten in the final game.
“We’ve all got that in the back of our minds and hopefully it’ll give us that wee bit more to go and put in the effort and make sure we don’t end up in that position again.”
Only the League Two champions will be rewarded with automatic promotion.
The second, third and fourth placed teams will go into a play off competition with the ninth placed team in League One, currently Airdrieonians.
The Blue Toon have a busy week ahead, with East Stirlingshire and Annan visiting Balmoor on Saturday and Tuesday respectively.
For full match report see p.46