Tony Mowbray hopes a strong finish to the season can see Rovers reach the 60 point mark.

Rovers moved on to 50 points with Tuesday’s win over Derby, only their second since the end of January.

They travel to Nottingham Forest tomorrow having taken just one point from their last six away fixtures but head to the City Ground buoyed by an excellent showing against the Rams.

Despite their poor run, Mowbray says he had never any concerns over Rovers getting dragged in to a possible relegation battle, despite still being one point short of the tally they went down with in 2016/17.

He said: “We want to finish the season as strong as we can and win as many games as we can.

“We understand that every game in the Championship is tough. I don’t think anyone, well I certainly didn’t, felt that we were ever in any trouble.

“I have always felt we have had a comfortable gap. If we had lost again on Tuesday and then the other teams below us won and it was a five point gap with five games to go, five points, is it enough?

“But that hasn’t been allowed to happen, we got a victory, Rotherham, the team third bottom got beat.

“We just have to focus now and try and finish the season as strongly as we can.

“Ideally, for most of the season in my mind I have been targeting 60 points and see where that takes us. The last two months have had a damaging effect, but we have an opportunity.

“Can we got 10 points from our final five games? It would be a pretty good achievement if we can.

“If we don’t then it gives us something to build on. I have talked for a long time about this summer being an important one for us to strengthen and improve and make the squad more competitive for next year where we will strive to do better.”

Forest boss Martin O’Neill has made changes in recent weeks with his side having won just once in five matches.

But keen to focus on his side, Mowbray added: “I know Martin made a few changes, and has looked to have made a few in every game over the last few weeks, as I have done, searching for that right balance.

“For us we have to concentrate on ourselves, take the positivity of Tuesday in to Saturday and run with it.

“I thought the directness of our play and also the combination through midfield and wide players was good, we got in to a lot of crossing positions.

“I was still talking to them about end product, final pass, final finish, little runs to go and score a tap-in.

“There weren’t enough of them from the positions that we managed to get ourselves in to but hopefully we can bring it all together on Saturday and find a performance.”