UCD manager Collie O'Neill hailed his team's work-rate as they earned a 1-0 win over Bohemians at the UCD Bowl.
The Students have secured two wins and a draw from their last three matches and are now three-points clear of bottom team Finn Harps.
"A third clean sheet in a row, it’s probably what will keep our Premier Division hopes alive," O’Neill told RTÉ Sport.
"Seven points from a possible nine. The work-rate, effort, defending and the bit between their teeth I can’t ask for any more it’s been brilliant.
"When you go back to ten days ago when we played Finn Harps here, if we lost we were seven-points behind them.
"It’s a ten-point turnaround, we are three-points ahead of them. It puts us in that play-off spot, hopefully we can maintain that form to the end of the year."
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UCD’s goal came after just eight minutes when Yoyo Mahdy hit a stunning right-foot shot to the top corner past James Talbot from some 25 yards out.
"It was a very good goal,a great finish but I still I want more. I don’t want to be dropping and defending, I want to continue those first half performances into second half."