WREXHAM are aiming to use their LDV Vans Trophy success as a springboard for preserving their League One status over the course of the final 10 matches of the season.
Tuesday night's 1-0 win against Oldham Athletic - which earned the Dragons a Millennium Stadium date with southern area final winners Southend United on Sunday April 10 - was their third victory of the season over the Latics, who also provide Saturday's Racecourse opposition in a vital league meeting.
Captain Darren Ferguson said: "It was a comfortable 1-0 result and could have been more in the end, but we are in the final and now we need a similar result on Saturday.
"Everyone has been talking about the LDV Vans competition, so it's good that it's out of the way until April 10 because we need to concentrate on the league now. If we can play as well as we have in the last couple of games I'm sure we can get out of trouble.
"It's nice to play in semi-finals because they don't come along that often, but it's the league that matters and we'll settle for a 1-0 on Saturday. We are looking to get a bit of a run going and we're aiming to go unbeaten until the end of the season.
"We don't know how many wins we need to stay up, so we'll get as many as we can and a win on Saturday will go a long way to helping us get out of trouble."
A booking in Tuesday's game leaves Ferguson just one yellow card away from suspension, but the midfielder is determined to lead the Dragons out in their first major final in Cardiff.
And he said Wrexham's success would be some consolation for his father Sir Alex, whose Manchester United team were eliminated from the Champions League in Milan.
"I'll be leading the team out as long as I'm not suspended," he added. "It will be a proud day for me and I'm looking forward to it.
"I'm sure United will get over their defeat and I know my dad is going to the final because we've already discussed that. All my family will be there because it's a big occasion for everyone connected with Wrexham, and it will be a good day.
"It will be great for the fans too. They've stuck with us throughout the season and the attendance on Tuesday goes to show what the club means to them."
Club captain Brian Carey, whose season has been plagued by injury, claimed the cup final appearance was nothing less than the club and its fans deserved.
"I think it's a big reward for the play-ers and the staff for carrying on through a difficult season and also for the fans for what they've had to put up with in the past couple of seasons," he said.
"It's their reward for sticking by the club when things haven't been great."
And Carey is optimistic that Wrexham can now go on and secure their League One status: "I said on Saturday the 6-4 win at Hartlepool was a psychological boost for everyone and now this should make us even stronger. We need a bit of momentum and hopefully we can go from result to result now and put a run together.
"It's going to be very difficult and it could go right to the wire, but if we play like we have in the last couple of games we have got a good chance of staying up. If we win against Oldham on Saturday we'll be right back in the fight and they will be sucked back into it."
Defender Andy Holt, by general consent Wrexham's man of the match on Tuesday, said the Dragons' two-goal advantage from the first leg at Boundary Park had given them a vital platform for the victory.
"We knew before the game we had a two-goal advantage and that if we kept it tight we would always get something because we create a lot of chances," he said.
"Luckily that chance came in the second half, and although it was a bit unfortunate on the keeper we'll take that. And when they had a man sent off it made it a little more comfortable for us."
Looking ahead to a first-ever appearance at the Millennium Stadium, Holt added: "It's going to be a massive occasion and hopefully we can win the final.
"It's hugely important for the club and it's going to mean a lot of money, which is very badly needed at the moment."
He added it was crucial for Wrexham to transfer their cup form to the league. "It's now a massive game on Saturday where three points is absolutely vital, and if we play like we did tonight I'm confident we can get them."
Striker Chris Llewellyn, who missed an early sitter before his second-half goal settled Tuesday's contest, said he was delighted. "It was an important goal and it's not every day you score the goal to take your team to the Millennium Stadium, so I'm well pleased," he said.
"I'm chuffed to bits because I've been in the Wales squad a couple of times, but never for games in Cardiff. They have all been away from home. Hopefully this time I'll get on the pitch and play there."
Remembering his early miss, Llewellyn said: "The ball bounced in front of me but I should have scored really because it would have taken the pressure off us a bit and ended the tie then.
"But all the fans would probably have gone home at half-time and there would have been no excitement left."
With football's showpiece occasions being staged in Cardiff for the last time this season, the Swansea-born striker said the final was an opportunity for Welsh fans to set aside rivalries.
"I think only Cardiff have played at the Millennium Stadium before so it's nice to have another Welsh club there in the last year of finals there. Hopefully we can get the right result."