JUBILANT Wrexham resume their League One survival fight tomorrow still buzzing from Tuesday night's cup exploits, writes Paul Wheelock.
Chris Llewellyn's 65th-minute strike completed a 6-3 aggregate victory over Oldham Athletic in the LDV Vans Trophy Northern Area Final, to secure the Dragons a place in next month's Millennium Stadium-staged showpiece with Southend United.
With the future of Wrexham still very much in doubt, Racecourse boss Denis Smith says the trip to Cardiff is the perfect antidote to the club's continuing off-the-field troubles.
He said: 'The fans needed something to lift them after everything that's happened this season, and they've got it.
'Now hopefully someone will see this is a club worth saving. I'm sure someone out there will look at what we've done and want to be a part of it.'
The cup victory built on Saturday's incredible 6-4 league success at promotion-chasing Hartlepool United, in which Basque marksmen Juan Ugarte bagged five goals.
And it is his strike partnership with Welsh international Llewellyn which Smith feels can fire the Reds to safety.
He said: 'I've had goalscorers at every club I've been at - including my time here when we had someone like Andy Morrell. They're important because they win you games, and Juan's finishing on Saturday was top-class.
'But it's important you recognise the players who lay them on, and I thought Chris Llewellyn was terrific on Saturday.
'His work certainly doesn't go unnoticed by us, and it doesn't go unnoticed by other managers either.'
So it will be a major blow for Wrexham if Llewellyn fails to shake off the knee injury he picked up on Tuesday in time for tomorrow's game with Oldham.
The result of the Latics' second trip to North East Wales in five days could have a significant effect on the relegation picture.
Oldham sit three places above the 22nd-placed Dragons, and defeat for Ronnie Moore's team would leave them perilously close to the drop zone.
Saturday's 3-0 victory over Port Vale gave new boss Moore a winning start in the job, yet it remains their only win since the middle of January.
Wrexham, in contrast, have now tasted defeat just once in 12 games. And chief Smith believes his side have come to terms with the shock of having 10 points deducted in December after the club was placed into administration.
He said: 'The points deduction altered everyone's mind, so of course it had an effect.
'If you're in mid-table like we were, your mind is focused on pushing for promotion.
'So to get that taken away from you is a shock, because teams who were already down there were used to it - we were not.
'But it's now only one defeat in the last 12 games, and people who have already put us down as a bad side should remember that.'