Grimsby manager Neil Woods believes his side can still escape the drop to the Conference after they took a giant stride to safety with a 2-0 win over Barnet which narrowed the gap to their opponents to just a point.

Second-half goals from centre back Rob Atkinson and Mark Hudson ensured the Mariners' survival fight will go to the last day of the season when they need to see off Burton and hope Barnet fail to beat Rochdale.

Woods said: "We believe we can get out of it but we need a little bit of luck next week. We made a pact in the dressing room that we would not be relegated in front of our own fans."

He added: "We knew this week that we could affect our own destiny. Next week we have to just go and win, like we did at Darlington, and hope that we get a bit of luck from results elsewhere."

On the match itself, Woods added: "Barnet had too long a period on top for my comfort. We wanted to keep the game at a high tempo but we ran our legs out in the first half and couldn't quite keep to that tempo.

"Once the game became open we had several players who could take advantage. I always felt we could score goals."

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