Should the challenge of Bolton be overcome in the quarter-finals, the season should come nicely to the boil after Christmas - keeping the campaign bubbling for both players and fans alike.
"It's important," said John. "We've said all along, whatever route it takes, we want to go on and get into Europe. If it's in the Worthington Cup, great, we'll try and get all the way to Cardiff and that's what the aim is.
"At the minute we're in the quarter-finals and we're very pleased."
John added that the fitness of Les Ferdinand will be monitored daily ahead of the league clash with Bolton on Monday.
"We don't know yet, we've just got to take it as it comes, we were hoping he might have been back fit for Fulham, but he needed more time and we're just going to take it day to day.
"We'll not make any decisions on him, just give him as much time as possible."
Meanwhile, John praised Ledley King, who overcame illness and a rocky beginning to emerge from the Fulham clash with flying colours.
"He did well, he's been off training and credit to him for his attitude. Being a young lad as well he did excellent. As the game wore on he got better and better and that was pleasing. He came through very well."
John Gorman says that continued Worthington Cup progress is important to keep the season ticking along towards a hopeful European conclusion.