The club have struggled for form in the past two months.
Forest had gone 13 games unbeaten in the league from November to February before losing to Huddersfield in mid-February and then things went wrong from there.
Four losses on the bounce ended up costing Dougie Freedman his job and since temporary boss Paul Williams stepped in Forest have not won in seven games.
So instead of sneaking into the play-offs they were nearly dragged into the relegation fight.
“Yeah I think so. You have got to respect every team in this league.
“It’s proven. I think Rotherham are on a run and if MK Dons or Charlton would have put that run together five or six games ago then for sure we would have been in a position where we would have had to win more games.”
Two draws in a row and the fact MK Dons are so far behind them has saved Forest, who are now safe from relegation barring a miracle – but the fact they are level on 48 points with Bristol City, Rotherham United, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers just outside the relegation zone is a sign of how close they were to the drop.
The club need to get their next manager appointment right if they are to avoid a similar near scare.