DENIS Smith was back on his feet and in work this week - and the Dragons boss wasted no time in cracking the whip.
Smith returned to his office at Colliers Park on Monday after under-going a hip operation.
In his absence, the Dragons lost ground on the chasing pack with a 2-1 home defeat to Leyton Orient. And given their inactivity at the weekend, Smith's men have slipped to their lowest position since October.
Yet with games in hand on the teams above them, the Reds are still very much in the hunt in for a top-seven finish.
But the boss - who has guided four clubs, including Wrexham, to promotion - thinks the time for talk is over.
Smith, whose side welcome leaders Wycombe Wanderers to the Race-course tomorrow, said: 'Wycombe should be a good game because they've proved to be a very good team. But we need to beat whoever is put in front of us now.
'Our minimum aim is to reach the play-offs and to do that we've got to start pushing on. There's no point talking about what might happen - we've just got to do it.
'But it's going to be hard because the league is so tight. I was talking to a few managers who are in charge of teams down at the bottom and they were talking about making the play-offs, so there's a lot of us who fancy our chances.'
Yet if Wrexham are to get among the pacesetters, they will need to play better than they did against TNS in Wednesday night's FAW Premier Cup semi-final.
The Welsh Premier League visitors were seconds away from snatching a memorable victory, only for Juan Ugarte to mark his return with an 89th-minute equaliser that made it 2-2 and took the game into extra-time.
In the added 30 minutes, the hosts went in front through Dennis Lawrence, only for TNS to level it up at 3-3.
An incredible penalty shoot-out ensued, with no less than 18 spot-kicks taken. But it was the Dragons who edged through 5-4 thanks to the heroics of keeper Michael Ingham.
Wrexham's reward is a fourth consecutive appearance in the competition's final, where they will play Carmarthen Town or Swansea City.
The fall out from the gruelling encounter was yet more injury woes for boss Smith.
The versatile Dean Bennett was withdrawn with an ankle problem, while ever-present striker Jon Walters came off with a suspected fractured cheekbone.
If Walters' injury is as bad as first feared, it will be a massive blow for the Reds chief, as he is not blessed with attacking options.
With Lee McEvilly also sidelined, Smith brought in Ugarte and Sam Williams on loan. But Wednesday's match proved Ugarte is still short of match fitness, while Williams will need time to get used to the demands of the Football League, as his only experience has come with Aston Villa's reserves.
Captain Darren Ferguson will return for Wycombe. nSupporters are reminded that the kick-off time for tomorrow has been moved to 1pm to avoid clashing with the England versus Wales Six Nations rugby union clash. nThe next meeting of the newly-formed Buckley & District Reds supporters club will be held at the Hope & Anchor in Buckley on Wednesday, February 15.