STAR striker Paul Mullin says he would gladly give up being a record breaker if it would guarantee that Accrington Stanley stayed in League Two this season.
The Reds stalwart is just nine games away from equalling the club record of 361 appearances with Chris Grimshaw.
But the 32-year-old says that impressive achievement would mean nothing if Stanley dropped back into the Nationwide Conference.
With 13 league games left, Stanley are just two points and three places clear of the drop zone after two defeats in their last two games.
"I have seen Chris Grimshaw over the last few years and he always has a go at me about breaking his record," said Mullin, who scored his 11th goal this season in the 2-1 defeat to Darlington on Tuesday night. "I played with Grimmy at Clitheroe so I know him quite well.
"To be honest, though, I haven't really thought about the record and didn't know the statistics but it would be nice.
"However, I would gladly trade in breaking the record if it meant we stayed up.
"We just cannot throw all the hard work away from the last years in 12 months. It would be soul-destroying and it's not going to happen.
"What we have got to remember is that it is still in our own hands and if we finish in the position we are in now at the end of the season, we will be happy."
Mullin, who was the subject of a bid from Chester City in the January transfer window, admits it has been such a frustrating season for his first campaign as a league footballer.
It has been a real rollercoaster ride but the last few months have been especially hard with the Reds picking up just 13 points out of a possible 57.
"It has been good being in the league after so many years but it hasn't really been an enjoyable ride although there have been some great bits along the way," said Mullin who has been with Stanley for seven years.
"But all in all it has been hard work and it is not fun when you are losing.
"However we are all working together and there are no splits in the camp.
"We are all trying our best to get it right but we are still making silly mistakes all over the pitch and we have got to cut them out.
"And it seems to be harder because the pitches are getting heavier and you just feel shattered. You feel like you are running through porridge at times!"
It has been stop-go for the Reds who have only been able to string back to back league victories together once this season - and that was in September.
"Every win this season we have thought it is the turning point but we just haven't had any consistency, which we had last season, and that's the reason we are where we are," said the hitman who has had a variety of strike partners including David Brown, Leighton McGivern, Rommy Boco, Stuart Fleetwood, Andy Mangan and Gary Roberts in this campaign.
"We are lucky that Torquay and Boston have been getting worse results than us and we have just got to make sure we keep doing better than them and picking up points here and there.
"The results from the other games tend to filter into the dressing rooms after the matches but I think we will only start really worrying about them if we are in this position with three or four games to go.
"But, on the other hand, we are running out of games and every point and every goal is going to be vital between now and the end of the season.
"Hopefully we can reach the 50 point mark sooner rather than later and that should be enough to keep us up.
"That means we need 17 points and three tomorrow (Sat) against Lincoln is a must. We have got to start winning our home games."
The Fraser Eagle Stadium is not yielding too many points for the Reds with one win in 10 home games.
With seven home games still to go - and two of these huge matches against fellow relegation battlers Torquay and Macclesfield - Mullin knows Stanley have to establish home rule in the latter part of the campaign.
"We keep saying it but it has got to happen now. Our home form helped us win the league last season and, this season, it hasn't been good so far and I don't know why.
"We know it is not an easy place to come to and if we had picked up some reasonable results at home we wouldn't be in so much trouble. It is a situation we have got to get out of and we have got to find our form.
"I know it is a cliche but there are no easy games - we have Lincoln, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers coming up - and they are all tough. But we have got to keep the same positive attitude which we showed in the second half at Darlington.
"We haven't created chances in our last two home games which is a worry so we know we have got to put in a good performance tomorrow."