MATT Farr says Chester were just one defeat from relegation but, since beating Cheshire rivals and fellow strugglers Stockport on Saturday, the only way is up.
Head coach Farr was delighted with his young side's excellent 31-20 victory at the Bridge Lane Memorial Ground and now believes that more victories are on the way.
Chester host mid-table Penrith at Hare Lane tomorrow while relegation candidates New Brighton and Stock-port must travel to leaders Caldy and third-placed Huddersfield, respectively.
'It's in our hands,' said Farr. 'If we hadn't won on Saturday, I think that could have been it for us.
'But after winning, I think we will actually end up safe now.
'We have got the easier run-in to the end of the season, although it certainly won't be easy. But compared with the clubs around us, we've got the easier games.'
Penrith arrive in Chester on the back of a home defeat to play-off-chasing Huddersfield and Farr is confident of taking the points.
He said: 'We're confident we can beat Penrith. We should have beaten them up at their place had it not been for some ill discipline.
'But it is really just down to the players. It is down to them to get the job done, I can only stand on the sidelines.
'But we've had a good week's training and we're all looking forward to it.'
Four tries from winger Simon Love and some big-hits in the centre from South African Morne Barnado provided the base for the vital win over Stockport last Saturday.
A try from fullback Sam Donovan and three conversions from fly-half Matt Bebbington completed the scoring.
Former Orrell centre Farr was thrilled with the win and was full of praise for his side.
He said: 'The forwards stood up to the challenge and the backs basically tore them apart.
'We've got some very talented players and they deserve the praise they are getting.
'Our squad is very young and we've struggled against the bigger teams but I can't fault the lads' effort.'
Fullback Donovan is unavailable for the visit of Penrith due to a shoulder injury. Otherwise Chester will be at full strength.