Jon McCarthy says in-form Chester FC fear no-one in the Vanarama National League.
But the Blues boss has played down talk of a potential play-off challenge.
Chester stretched their impressive unbeaten league run to nine matches at Macclesfield Town on Tuesday.
The 0-0 derby draw left the Blues five points behind the top five going into Saturday's home clash with high-flying Lincoln City (3pm).
And McCarthy said: "Our football club, Chester FC, is starting to get some respect.
"We're a team now in the National League that people are starting to look at. We're changing a few perceptions.
"The run has given the players more and more belief. We don't fear anybody.
"I haven't for a long time but it's getting it through to the players.
"But we will put the previous nine games to bed. Anything in the future, anything in the past - it's just Lincoln now.
"But it feels like the rest of the league is starting to sit up and take notice - and that's really pleasing for our fans."
McCarthy steered the Blues to safety last season after taking over from the sacked Steve Burr four games from the end of the campaign.
But, when asked whether he can now oversee a play-off push, the former Northern Ireland international insisted he was not looking that far ahead.
McCarthy, who will be down to the bare bones on Saturday after losing captain Luke George to suspension and Liam Roberts, Theo Vassell and Ross Killock to injury, said: "I am still on 50 points.
"We've got 26 and the target is to get to 50 as quickly as we possibly can.
"Then it will be, 'can we get to 60 and beat the best we have ever done in this league (63 points)'.
"Then we'll see where we are."