Steve Tully has refused to accept relegation as an inevitability as Exeter prepare for the final three games of a gruelling campaign.
The Grecians currently sit second-bottom of League One and are eight points from safety with time running out to secure survival.
However, veteran defender Tully insists the Devon club will not give up until their mission becomes mathematically impossible.
He told the Western Morning News: "While there is still a chance you keep going and we will get ready to go again. It's a big game next Saturday (against Walsall at St James' Park), we will have a big crowd in, and we will never say never.
"We have to keep going, we don't want to be the first to be relegated and we don't want to be the last. We want to stay up and, while we have a chance, we will keep pushing.
"We will keep believing, we have a good group of lads here and we will keep going, which is the main thing."