Gateshead striker Jon Shaw says the club's recent form is proof they need not fear their promotion rivals in Blue Square Bet Premier.
Tuesday's 3-2 home win against York City took the Tynesiders back to the top of the table, and registered an eighth victory in 12 league games.
"To turn over a York side who are tipped for promotion is an eye-opener for people," Shaw told BBC Newcastle.
"We've got some hard games coming up but we're looking forward to them."
Shaw added: "The teams at the top of this league generally struggle against the lower teams and what we have done well is beaten those teams, in Hayes & Yeading on Saturday and Alfreton the other week.
"Last year showed we can also beat the top sides, but this year we've got stronger."
The former Mansfield, York and Barrow striker previously committed his future to Gateshead amid interest from Luton Town, and has since enjoyed a prolific start to the campaign, scoring 13 goals in 12 games, including two hat-tricks in four days.
"I think when people talk to me I say 'you've got to try to get as many goals as early as you can'," Shaw added.
"There's going to be a stage of the season where I go a few games without goals, it happened last year when I got to 18, I went seven games without a goal.
"To have 13 already it's something I couldn't have dreamed of, it's an amazing situation for me to be in personally.
"But for a club of this size that people don't expect anything from to be in the position we're in, we're turning heads and we're just happy to play our way and see where it takes us."