There are still twoand-a-half months of the season left, they are only four points shy of safety and given their overall form since Christmas, it's surely too early yet to give up on West Bromwich Albion's Premier-ship future.
But there was a detectable mood of depression at The Hawthorns on Tuesday night; one that suggests many Baggies supporters may already have done just that.
It takes some faith to sit through what they had just watched, in freezing conditions, for as long as they had. But then it finally became clear, after a miserable second half, that the only sustained attacking flurries they were going to see consisted of a brief passing snowstorm.
For those same loyal fans to discover that the players they saw freeze on Tuesday night have flown off for five days in the Florida sunshine might, at first glance, be seen to be stretching those supporters' patience. But this is one thing manager Bryan Robson has got right.
The postponement of Saturday's match against Chelsea, due to the Premiership leaders' involvement in the Carling Cup final the following day, had left Albion facing another 11-day break, so it made sense to let the play-ers recharge their batteries away from the worst of an English winter.
What most needs recharging, as far as Albion are concerned, is that Premiership table.
The Baggies still reside at the bottom of it, having missed their golden chance to leapfrog two places upwards by defeating Southampton on Tuesday. But is the glass half-full or half-empty?
Should Albion fans feel utterly depressed at the thought of how many points the team now need from their last 11 games, given a fixture list that throws up so many tough games?
Or should they be gazing in wonderment on a team who have won just twice in 27 matches, yet are still in contention to play in the Premiership next season?
Robson's answers are simple. Not only must the Baggies build on the fact that they have not lost at home since the Boxing Day hammering by Liverpool, but they must also somehow claim their first away win of the campaign between now and mid-May.
"We're five games unbeaten at home now," said Robson. "At least that's something to build on.
"We've got games that give you a chance at home but what we've got to do is keep putting in performances on our travels and win a couple of away games.
"Some of our football away from home has deserved points, but we haven't got them."
With a travel schedule that takes in Chelsea, Charlton Athletic, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough and Manchester United, that is a lot easier said than done.
With Birmingham City, Everton and Arsenal still to come to The Hawthorns, neither are there too many easy pickings at home.
Only two games, the home dates against Blackburn Rovers in April and Portsmouth on the final day of the season, look genuinely winnable.
But Robson maintains that where there's life, there's hope. "Winning [on Tuesday] would have made our task that bit easier," he said.
"A point was not really good for either of us, other than taking us another point closer to Crystal Palace and Norwich but all four teams at the bottom are still in a scrap and there's still a long way to go."
And he does not mean Florida. At least Albion ought to return not only with tans topped up, but also their spirits.
Kanu, who missed Tuesday night's game with another virus and Zoltan Gera are non-starters on the trip due to visa problems but, apart from that duo and expectant father Martin Albrechtsen, it was a full first-team squad who departed Manchester Airport for Orlando yesterday morning, for four nights of male bonding.
That included goalkeeper Russell Hoult, although he once again looked in the wars on Tuesday night, having ended the game clearly in dis-comfort. Robson, however, has no immediate worries.
"Russell was having spasms in his back but he should be okay," said the manager. ..SUPL: