Brentford boss Uwe Rosler said his side is facing a "week of truth" after stretching their unbeaten run to five games with a 2-1 home succes over Carlisle.
The Bees go into crunch promotion clashes with Preston, Swindon and Sheffield United on the back of a hard-fought win.
Goals from Jonathan Douglas and Paul Hayes sealed the points, either side of a consolation from United hitman Joe Garner.
Rosler, who had three youngsters on the bench, said: "We are now moving into our week of truth when we face some of the top sides.
"Last season I don't think we beat any of the sides at the top, but this time we have and we have a lot more quality to compete than we did."
Rosler believes his side have learned fast from previous games where they have let leads slip and added: "We are much better at managing games now and I was pleased with the history of that game.
"We were terrible in the first half, but after the break we came out with an intensity and determination to make things happen and we did."
Carlisle manager Greg Abbott insisted his side deserved a share of the spoils after a spirited display.
He had only praise for loan striker Garner, saying: "I thought he was tremendous, holding the ball up against a very strong back four.
"You know it's going to be a tough game at Brentford so when we got the penalty I thought it would give us the point the performance deserved, but I've got no complaint with Joe, who was outstanding. If we play like that at home we will win all our games."