Dougie Freedman: Nottingham Forest boss eyes play-offs
Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman says the next month will decide if they can challenge for promotion.
Three successive home wins have helped take Forest from four points above the Championship relegation zone to six points off the play-off places.
Freedman told BBC Nottingham: "If we want to be in the top six by the end of the season, we need to be in the top half by Christmas or the New Year.
"We need to go on a winning streak and I believe the players have it in them."
Despite their improvement in form, Forest are still only 15th in the table.
But Freedman is confident that, with players returning from injury and increased stability off the pitch, they are on course to come out of their transfer embargo in the summer.
He added: "Off the field we have saved £2.5m in wages and have sold Michail Antonio, which will hopefully get us out of the embargo - and the signs are very, very good.
"We have worked very hard with the chairman and his financial people to put things right because it was a mess.
"It takes time, energy and planning but we have a model now we believe the club can sustain.
"Now you are seeing the club stabilising off the field and a consistency on the field, we are only going to get stronger. Right now we are in a good place."
Freedman, 41, whose side play Wolves on Friday, was facing uncertainty over his future during the club's poor start to the season.
The Scot said: "I understand in what order I had to get things done.
"It was key to try to come out of the embargo and also for me to survive in the job and show the chairman and fans I was capable of taking things forward.
"There have been difficult moments. But I am a realistic person and I understood it would take time to gel and I think we are gelling right now."