PAUL RUTHERFORD says complacency can't set-in when buoyant Wrexham continue their battle to avoid relegation against lowly Dagenham and Redbridge at The Racecourse on Saturday.

Dean Keates' side go into the clash on the back of a brilliant 2-0 win at second placed Harrogate Town.

That first ever victory on a 3G pitch made it two wins in a row and leaves 16th placed Wrexham four points above the drop zone.

Rutherford says confidence in the squad has risen but it doesn't mean the players will rest on their laurels for another crucial game against the Daggers.

"The spirit around the place has been brilliant, the togetherness is getting back to where it was last year," said Rutherford.

"There is no complacency. We have got to work as hard as we did against Harrogate to go and get the result this weekend.

"We have not achieved anything. We have underachieved but it is a lot better work place now that we have got two wins on the spin.

"We want to keep building that positivity and make it three wins, and hopefully go on a little run."

Wrexham boast a decent record against the leading sides but it's far less impressive when the Reds have faced their fellow strugglers.

And with Keates' men travelling to fourth bottom Chesterfield next weekend after facing 20th placed Dagenham, Rutherford admits the players need to rise to the occasion.

"Whether you are at the top of the table or at the bottom, you have got to beat the teams that are around you," said Rutherford.

"They are the six-pointers and those are the games that you really have to win.

"It is an exciting opportunity for us and it is one that we have got to be fully focussed on."

Despite taking an early lead through James Jennings' stunning free-kick, Wrexham were put under immense first half pressure by Harrogate but the Reds weathered the storm.

On top after the break, JJ Hooper struck to secure victory and Rutherford felt Wrexham were good value for three points.

"It was a good, solid performance," said Rutherford. "We weathered the storm early on.

"Harrogate were on the front foot, they applied a good amount of pressure but I thought the back five stood up to it really well, and the confidence spread through the rest of the team.

"We were on the front foot in the second half and really went for them.

"It was only a matter of time before we added our second because we looked dangerous and we created good opportunities.

"We were good value for it in the end."

Winning a first ever game on the artificial playing surface bodes well when Wrexham head to high-flying Bromley next month.

"We were the underdogs going into the fixture, the league doesn't lie, and with our 3G record everything played into the hands of a Harrogate win," added Rutherford.

"The surface doesn't really change anything and I thought we did really well.

"But that hoodoo is off our back now and whenever we play on 3G again, it is no problem and nobody can remind us that we haven't won on it."