Esher head coach Mike Schmid says the side's strong end of season form will worry their three rivals in the Championship relegation battle.
The Surrey side will take four points into the relegation pool following three wins in their last four matches.
He told BBC Surrey: "Teams are starting to dread us and we're building the relationships we need to win games.
"It's a slight mental edge, even if it's just one per cent. The other teams will be looking over their shoulders."
Schmid added: "We're there or thereabouts.
"We're not where we'd love to be but we only have to worry about ourselves. The boys realise we've got a long way to go."
The Molesey Road outfit begin their relegation pool fixtures at home to London Scottish on Saturday.
Meanwhile Esher captain Dave Slemen has been forced to retire after missing the entire campaign with a back injury.