Back-to-back victories over Birmingham City and Leeds United have rejuvenated a team that seemed to have surrendered their hopes of a top-six finish following a run of 12 league matches without a win.
Having slipped down to 11th at the nadir of that run, they now find themselves back up to eighth place and just two points behind sixth-placed Reading with two games remaining.
Brighton & Hove Albion are a point better off than Forest in the race for the playoffs, and those two meet in a potentially crucial match at the City Ground on the final day of the season.
Six points from six in the last two games could well put Forest into the top six considering the stuttering form of teams around them in the table, and should they manage that then they would be the form team out of the playoff contenders.
Their 2-0 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road on Easter Monday ended a seven-match winless streak on the road, and they will be hoping to rediscover the sort of form that saw them lose just twice on their travels in their opening 15 away games.
A win for Forest would have the double benefit for them of knocking Bournemouth out of the race for the playoffs once and for all.
The Cherries made a surprise late charge for the top six with five wins in a row in March and April, but they have now gone three games without a victory and look unlikely to cap an already impressive debut season in the Championship with an appearance in the playoffs.
Four points now separate them from sixth-placed Reading and, considering their inferior goal difference compared to the teams above them, they would need results to very much go their way in the final two matches.
However, a return to winning ways against a playoff rival like Forest could keep their hopes alive going into the final-day showdown with Millwall, who themselves will be fighting against the drop.
Sheffield Wednesday's 4-2 triumph at Dean Court on Friday put them on an exclusive list of Liverpool and Leicester City as teams to have beaten Bournemouth at home since the turn of the year, a run of 12 matches that also includes six victories.
Nottm Forest: DLDLWW
Possible starting lineups
Bournemouth: Camp; Francis, Elphick, Cook, Harte; Pugh, O'Kane, Surman, Ritchie; Kermorgant; Grabban
Nottm Forest: Darlow; Halford, Lascelles, Collins, Harding; McLaughlin, Vaughan; Mackie, Osborn, Paterson; Derbyshire
Sports Mole says: 1-1