Barry Robson says the Blades must utilise home advantage in Friday's play-off semi-final first-leg against Yeovil Town.
Most pundits believe playing at home second is the best way to claim a place at Wembley, but Robson is unconvinced and the experienced Scotsman is urging United to be positive and secure a lead to take to Huish Park on Monday.
Looking ahead, the 34-year-old commented: "We have a responsibility to win promotion for the fans and the club, Sheffield United needs to get back into the Championship.
"If we prepare properly, go out on to the pitch and give it our best shot we won't be far away from progression. You have to play at home and away in a short space of time, so it doesn't really matter whether you play at home first or second.
"The only immediate focus is making sure we utilise home advantage on Friday night, because Yeovil will want to do the same on Monday. It is a fresh start on Friday, we have potentially three massive games and we are ready to go."
Robson added: "At a club like Sheffield United there will always be a high level of expectation, which perhaps can be an advantage for us in terms of backing.
"We will know at the end of May whether or not it has been a frustrating season, but at the moment we won't look beyond Yeovil. We can't dwell on the last month or so, that is in the past now and we can only influence what is in front of us."