Don’t look now but the New York Mets aren’t doing Mets things, they are winning!

It is hard to imagine it, but a few weeks ago the Mets were toiling near the bottom of the standings but now they are making waves across the National League.

The Mets have now won 15 of their last 16 games and are on their longest streak since a 16-1 run in 1990. With the win on Saturday, they now sit a half-game behind Washington for the first wild card spot and will go for a three-game sweep on Sunday, just a month after having the second worst record in the entire National League.

Luis Guillorme led off the eighth inning with his first big league homer, which tied the game. JD Davis added the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly a few batters later and New York worked its magic once again, holding on for a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals for their eighth consecutive victory.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said a home run was “toward the end” of his list of potential outcomes for Guillorme in that spot.

''You just want a good at-bat, whether he makes him throw some pitches, bunt and get on, or single,'' Callaway said. ''But we'll take the homer.''

New York had appeared to be on their way to score a few more times in the inning as Wilson Ramos, who was celebrating his 32nd birthday, crushed a ball to right-centre with two outs in the eight inning, but Victor Robles made a leaping catch right at the wall to end the inning.

This was the second straight game against the Mets that the Washington bullpen had blown a save and the 22nd of this season.

Jacob deGrom will look to give the Mets a series sweep on Sunday when he takes on the National’s Anibal Sanchez.