Dan Butler knows a things or two about play-offs and he insists that Stevenage are still in the equation after beating Barnsley.

The full-back got his first goal for the club as Boro won 2-1, their first win in nine matches, and it reinvigorated their play-off hopes with three games to go.

And the 29-year-old knows that performances like that against the Tykes, won't hurt in the slightest.

The Comet: Stevenage celebrate Dan Butler's winner. Picture: TGS PHOTOStevenage celebrate Dan Butler's winner. Picture: TGS PHOTO (Image: TGS Photo)

He said: "There have been times where it's been a bit low because we want to succeed. We want to be successful and we've got staff members that want to be successful. 

"There will be a lot of people that say we've overachieved already but we don't feel like that.  

"We know how good we are as a group and we know how good we can be on our day. We've proved that.  

"In recent weeks, we haven't necessarily got the results we've deserved, but the main thing is we’ve still got things to play for. 

"We need to keep reminding ourselves that it’s good that we’ve got something to play for at this stage of the season. 

"It’s going to be tough to get in the play-offs but we’ve just got to keep going. 

"If we put in a performance like we did [against Barnsley] in the next three games, we’ve got a good chance. 

"It might not be enough, but we’ve got to give ourselves the best chance possible."

The Comet: Aaron Pressley forces Barnsley keeper Liam Roberts into a save. Picture: TGS PHOTOAaron Pressley forces Barnsley keeper Liam Roberts into a save. Picture: TGS PHOTO (Image: TGS Photo)

Butler was part of the Peterborough United side that reached the League One post-season show last year and he has other experiences that tell him the motivation to do something is still required.

"I've been in this position before," he said.

"When I was at Newport County, we weren't in the playoffs all season and we got in there on the last day. 

"We have been in there this season and we’ve been fighting for it against some of the top teams in this league. 

"It would be a shame if the fight ended now but luckily, we’ll take it into another game and we'll keep going. 

"We just need to make sure we win every game now but first things first and that’s Saturday [against Burton]. 

"We’ll recover now and make sure we put in a similar performance as we did against Barnsley. 

"Hopefully it's good enough."

The Comet: Dan Butler scores with his thumped free-kick. Picture: TGS PHOTODan Butler scores with his thumped free-kick. Picture: TGS PHOTO (Image: TGS Photo)

He was also relieved, as well as delighted, to score the winner that backed up Jamie Reid's first-half equaliser against the South Yorkshire side, a free-kick driven low and hard from the right side of the area.

He said: "When you're that far out, I just thought hit it as hard as I could. 

"Most of the time they don't go in but luckily this one did and we got three points. 

"It’s all good. 

"We had to dig deep. The performances have been there in recent weeks, for large spells anyway. 

"We went 1-0 down but our heads didn’t go down and we stuck to the game plan and thankfully it came off."