David Flitcroft is urging Barnsley not to lay down and follow Bristol City into League One.
The Robins had their relegation confirmed on Tuesday having lost five of their last six games.
Flitcroft said: “Bristol City have gone down without a whimper.
“I don’t want that to happen.”
Barnsley were bottom when Flitcroft took over on December 29, but he dragged them back up to 19th before they crashed back into the danger zone.
He added: “We want to achieve the impossible.”