Derby coach Andy Garner admitted the 'P word' has been used at the club after they ended Crystal Palace's 10-game unbeaten run with a 3-2 victory in the Pride Park sunshine.
Goals from Steve Davies, Jeff Hendrick and a Theo Robinson penalty put Derby in control before late goals from Chris Martin and Darren Ambrose gave the home fans an uncomfortable closing minutes.
But the win leaves Derby only five points behind sixth place and Garner revealed his team have not given up on making a late surge for the play-offs. He said: "There have been slight words about it in a positive way."
He added: "When you are five points away from it there's a possibility.
"But we don't want to get carried away. The manager (Nigel Clough) has said get to 60 points as quickly as we can and take it from there. We've had a great month and now we want to go to Bristol City on Saturday and finish it off.
"We were magnificent for 80 minutes, absolutely superb, and we were cruising at the time but then we had a little bit of madness. You concede one, then another and you are waiting for the final whistle which is a little disappointing.
"We've had a word and we've got to make sure the players realise at 3-0 they still do the right things and don't get sloppy. As long as they learn from it, it will be fine."
Palace manager Dougie Freedman could still find encouragement in his team's performance, although he admitted they had paid the price for a poor start.
"We unfortunately didn't start too good which is unlike us," he said. "I felt the first 30 minutes was crucial to the game and Derby were definitely on top. We had to make a few changes at half-time due to injuries and then gave away a sloppy penalty.
"But I thought the lads dug in and showed the great spirit they have and we almost got something out of the game which I don't think would have been deserved."