Steve Evans says the new-found plan at Stevenage is very much one game at a time.

One win in seven through February and into March had threatened to derail of all their good work in the first half of the season.

But after their humbling 2-0 loss at bottom of the table Rochdale, clear-the-air talks ushered in the new way of the thinking.

And two wins from two home games mean Boro are heading to third-placed Carlisle United with renewed belief.

Evans said: "We’ve taken the approach since Rochdale, when we were on the floor coming home, that our only focus could be Walsall. 

"We prepared for that and then the next objective was only Crewe. 

"And I know that whether we win, lose or draw at Carlisle on Saturday, it will not decide whether they get promotion and we don’t or we get it and they don’t. 

"It'll be two good teams and I have a lot of respect for their players and enormous respect for their manager. 

"It's always a club where the fans get right behind their team and show passion. 

"And so they should because that's what football's all about. 

"We know that we have to play very well to come back having added to our points tally and we’ll need to have an exceptional performance to win. 

"And when you look at the teams that's gone there this year and won, I know Mansfield won 4-0 but I've watched a full re-run of that game yesterday and it's never ever a 4-0 game but sometimes that can happen for you. 

"We're going there to play against a team that are fairly settled in their personnel, fairly settled in their structure and their style and we have to be at our very best with the plan we come up with to come back with a with a point or all three." 

The solitary goal in the 1-0 win against Crewe last time out came four minutes after a double substitution, strikers Danny Rose and eventual match-winner Jamie Reid coming on.

Evans says the squad he has put together over the last year gives them the option of pushing for the win late on and he admitted he would have no hesitation in doing it again in Cumbria should the need arise.

He said: "I think we'll try to win the game. There are times you’ll make defensive-minded substitutions but we demonstrated the other night that we’ve got really powerful players on our bench at the minute, top League Two players, if not higher. 

"I can remember going to Exeter in my first game and we're not playing that well and I remember thinking I’ve not got too many options to help us change it. 

"We’ve now got seven or eight that can help us. 

"I’ve spoken to a number of fellow managers after Crewe, some of who were at the game, and one of them said that in the last 10 minutes, we had 85 per cent possession and eight shots in five minutes. 

"It just needed something to change for us, hence the substitutions. 

"We believe that at times we bring on equally good, if not better players, and because they're fresher, they're ready to play and they're ready to make a point. 

"We've consistently done that this season and that's because it's a squad here. 

"There's no favourites. We're a squad in and we're unified and I think we've demonstrated that when we had that bad few weeks. 

"We still came in, we still trained positively and we still had positive chats and we still kept people smiling."