Peterborough United goalkeeper Paul Jones believes that he has never been pushed harder for his first team place.
The 24-year-old is currently keeping former England Under-21 international Joe Lewis out of the starting XI.
Jones told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "If you are scared of the pressure then it will affect your performance on a Saturday afternoon."
"You have to use it in the right way and so far this season I think I've done that."
Jones arrived on loan from Exeter in January and signed permanent terms over the summer.
He spent much of last season as second choice, but played in Posh's play-off win over Huddersfield after Lewis suffered a knee injury in the semis.
The former Leyton Orient youngster started the season as Darren Ferguson's first choice keeper and has kept his place.
"This is the toughest competition I've ever had in my career," Jones said.
"It makes you sharper and more alert as one bad performance and I'll be out of the team."
While Jones has proved impressive between the sticks in recent weeks, Posh are now the only side in the Championship yet to keep a clean sheet.
However, he has said he is content to continue picking the ball out of the net more often than he would like, just as long as they continue to pick up three points.
"We have one of the worst records in the league for conceding goals, which is frustrating," he said.
"But I'm happy with the way I'm playing and we're still winning matches."