Conor Bradley believes there’s more to come from himself and the team as the Whites head towards the half-way point of the campaign.
Two more games before the turn of the year will take Wanderers to the mid-way stage of their League One challenge.
And Ian Evatt and his men head into Christmas in fine fettle after Bradley’s sixth goal of an outstanding season set them on their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Exeter City which keeps them firmly in the top-six mix.
“I thought the first half was a really good performance, probably the best we’ve done in quite a while,” said Bradley.
“To see it out and get the 2-0 win was good and we want to keep pushing on from this.
“It was all about the three points and it was a good performance from everyone, so we’re happy about it and we’ll go again against Derby.
“We want to be higher in the league, but we’ll take fifth and we’ll try and improve on it and kick on in the New Year and hopefully we can keep pushing higher in the table.”
A second goal from Dion Charles before half-time on Saturday all but sealed a seventh home league success of the season with Wanderers back at the University of Bolton Stadium to face the Rams on 27 December.
Charles took his total for the season into double figures, while Northern Ireland international team-mate Bradley now has half-a-dozen goals to his name from the right wing-back role.
“I was buzzing to score at home again. I probably should have had two, but I’ll take the one and take the three points,” added the on-loan Liverpool youngster.
“I didn’t think I’d get as many chances as I do. I probably should have more goals than I do but six isn’t too bad for the season so far.
“The gaffer wants me to get in at the back post. He wants me to have chances and, obviously, take more than I don’t.
“It’s something the gaffer instils in me. I break my butt to get in at the back post and thankfully it’s getting me goals at this moment in time.
“Hopefully I can push on into the next half of the season and try to get some more.”