The 3-1 win over Eastleigh last Saturday restored a little faith at Chester FC that maybe, just maybe, they could beat the drop from the National League.
But Tuesday night's 1-0 home loss to Leyton Orient and results elsewhere not going their way meant that Chester are now six points off safety with 12 games remaining and in desperate need of run of form to give themselves any chance.
So today's trip to a Dagenham & Redbridge side who have lost seven of their last 12 matches has all the hallmarks of a 'must-win' game.
The Daggers, like Chester, are going through financial turmoil and have had to let go a number of key men in recent weeks, but they remain a threat regardless.
We will bring you all the action from Victoria Road throughout the afternoon.
HERE is how the action panned out.
Full time: Dag & Red 3 Chester 2
That’s that. A horror show last five minutes sees Chester leave empty handed.
Myles Anderson sees header from a corner saved.
GOAL! Dag & Red 3 Chester 2
Andy Halls heads into his own net. Sickener.
Goal! Dag & Red 2 Chester 2
Okenabirhie fires home from the edge of the area. 86 mins.
End to end. Dom Vose with great skill to get away from a challenge in midfield but his low effort is held by Cousins.
Kandi shoots just wide after picking off a loose Roberts pass.
Jordan Archer gets in one on one but his touch is too heavy
Hannah gets in behind but Robson recovers and Crawford skews effort wide from 18 yards
Phew! N’Gala leathers it from 12 yards and it flashes inches over from a corner. Relief!
Cheek fires home but the flag was raised.
Archer fires a volley just wide from 20 yards after Hannah had broken clear.
Dom Vose shot spilled by Cousins but Waters fires home the rebound. Get in!
Goal! Dag & Red 1 Chester 2
MATTY WATERS!!!! 62 mins
Waters does really well to create space and fire low at Cousins. Decent spell from Chester.
Blues close as Astles’ header goes narrowly wide from Roberts’ corner.
Crowd of 1,254 (137 from Chester).
Blocked! Short corner causes panic and Howell sees 10-yard effort denied by Anderson. Blues stretched.
Gary Roberts booked for cynical challenge.
Little in the way of quality early doors in the second half here. Scrappy stuff.
Second half kicks off
We’re back underway.
The teams are back out
A big half ahead.
Half time: Dag & Red 1 Chester 1
Home side seen more of the ball and had better chances but Blues been determined and deserve to be level.
Vose shown a yellow for clipping Nunn as he broke after losing ball.
Matt Robinson sends a 20-yarder just wide for Daggers. 44 mins.
Blues much more lively since the goal. Found an extra yard and now Daggers making mistakes.
GOAL! Dag & Red 1 Chester 1
Jordan Archer turns home from eight yards a superb ball from Gary Roberts. 32 mins.