KARL Robinson says Oxford United must continue to pick up points away from home if they have serious promotion ambitions.

Saturday’s 3-2 success at Shrewsbury Town followed the 1-0 win at Ipswich Town a fortnight earlier to seal back-to-back league triumphs on the road for the first time this season.

It stretched the U’s victory run to five games, which has seen them climb to third in Sky Bet League One.

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United had gone almost two months without an away win before claiming three points at Portman Road, but Robinson insists that will not matter if they continue to triumph on their travels.

The U’s head coach said: “I don’t look back. We’ve had very good away form at certain stages and we had terrible away form last season.

“But we have to find different ways of winning away from home.

“The players are finding that rhythm at the moment and that’s very pleasing.”

He added: “We’ve got a lot more work to do and my focus is solely on getting this team in as high a position as possible.

“We’re at the dizzy heights that we haven’t been used to for a long time and the season keeps getting more exciting.”

Robinson’s side have enjoyed themselves at the Kassam Stadium this season, claiming more than two points per game on average and losing just three times in the league.

The U’s have already triumphed 11 times at home, with five matches still to play.

But the victory in Shropshire was only their sixth success outside of Oxfordshire since the start of the campaign.

Despite that, their tally of 24 points on the road can only be bettered by three teams in the division.

With visits to promotion rivals Wycombe Wanderers and Coventry City in the next five weeks, how United fare on the road could prove crucial in the final reckoning.

And defender Josh Ruffels knows the importance of United hitting form at this stage of the campaign.

He said: “It shows in this league if you string a few results together how high you can go.

“It’s incredible how tight it is, but we need to keep going as the momentum’s with us.

“As long as we keep winning at home and getting results away it bodes well for what’s going to happen later on.”