“We have got to win the next five games - We don't look ahead, only to the next game,” said the boss.
“It was a massive win for us and we showed huge character.”
The win helped Derby to consolidate their position in the top six but in terms of automatically going up to the Premier League, the damage has probably already been done.
Derby have to overturn a five point gap in as many games over the rest of the season and the only way they can do that is to win all of their matches and rely on other sides making a mistake.
Derby have key players back from injury and while George Thorne suffered a setback, there is enough talent in all areas of the side to ensure that McClaren’s target over the final weeks is achieved.
Derby now face back-to-back home games against Brentford and Blackpool before trips to Huddersfield and Millwall with the season ending at home against Reading.
Hopefully by the time that match against Reading comes around, the Rams will be in a position where they can take full advantage and put the pressure on the sides around them in the table.