So you want to impress the new boss. Show up looking all neat and spiffy. Speak clearly and succinctly. If you must, laugh at his jokes.

But most of all, go out and beat the best team in the Eastern Conference.

Phil Jackson had to be impressed.

And when the Knicks pulled off that final part Wednesday, stuffing the 50-victory Pacers, 92-86, before a frenzied, sold out Garden crowd for a seventh straight triumph that kept their dim playoff hopes alive, Jackson might been sitting among the faithful asking himself, “What the heck do the Knicks need me for?”

“No pressure,” said 34-point, five-assist performer Carmelo Anthony about having the new team president watching about 10 rows up at halfcourt. “The energy is not just in the building. It’s throughout the whole city, all of New York City, the fans, all the supporters of the Knicks and you can feel it as we walk into the building. We want to keep that up. We want to build on that. As far as winning basketball games, we’re playing at a very high level right now.”

It certainly doesn’t hurt the latest win came in front of Jackson who did a meet and greet with the coaching staff and players one day after his coronation. Yes, the future is looking up — but the Knicks insist focus must stay with the present. There’s that while playoff thing — the Knicks are four games behind Atlanta.

“Hard times call for desperate measures,” Anthony said. “Right now our backs are against the wall and we’re playing good basketball.

“Teams that we play we feel like they’re in our way,” Anthony said. “That’s our motto now: ‘They in our way.’”

So move it, Pacers. The Knicks are all about moving ahead.