With a defensive record bettered only by Manchester City and Wolves this season, which has helped them into the Sky Bet League Two automatic promotion places, things are ticking along very nicely indeed for Tranmere.
But after a career that has spanned more than 30 years, manager Micky Mellon is too wise to presume such a position at this stage of the season means anything at all.
In fact, the league table is mostly an afterthought for the Scot – for the moment, at least.
“Because of the experience we have as a football club, we know that the important thing is not to focus on the league table – it is to focus on your own performance, your own results and what it takes to get those results,” he says. “We don’t really look around too much.
“As a player and a manager I’ve had eight promotions, so I really enjoy the challenge of trying to get promoted. Of course, we are aware of where we are at in the league, but we concentrate on us trying to get it right first.
“The gaps and the points between teams wouldn’t really affect us because we wouldn’t lose our focus on what’s important. If you take your eye off your own performance to try and get results then there’s not much point anyway. We will get the right stuff right first.”
It is this sensible approach that saw Mellon guide Rovers to back-to-back promotions from the National League to League One between 2017 and 2019, though the momentum was halted during the 2019/20 campaign, when the club suffered immediate relegation after the third-tier table was decided on a points-per-game basis.