Papic collected the Absa Premiership Coach of the Month award for the months of November and December 2014 after leading City to five wins and just one defeat in their eight matches over that period.
Despite his team being just eight points away from second on the League table, the Serbian coach maintains his only aim is to escape the relegation zone rather than aim for moving up the log.
“Wow, it would be nice to take a club from relegation to second place but, like I’ve said, my first objective is to save the team from relegation,” says Papic.
"In my opinion, we need nine points to completely be safe this season. Which position we finish in thereafter is just a bonus.”
The former Orlando Pirates boss says he is not being modest or trying to "buy face”, but insists he is just being realistic with his hopes for the season’s outcome.
“If we finish second – fantastic, but we are not going to put ourselves under pressure.
“I’m telling the truth, I’m not buying face or just trying to be diplomatic or anything,” he assures.
Rise and Shine are currently 15 points away from bottom side AmaZulu and, judging by the results of Papic’s side, a top eight finish is certainly on the cards.
City next travel to Cape Town to face Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday before welcoming Moroka Swallows to the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday evening.