It says much for the optimism within the West Bromwich Albion squad that, even after a defeat, they can go into their match away to Charlton Athletic on Saturday with confidence.
Albion lost 1-0 away to Chelsea on Tuesday night but, in proving to be a tougher nut to crack than Barcelona the previous week, feel a sense of hope for their swift return to London.
Chelsea defeated Barcelona 4-2 in the Uefa Champions' League on March 8 but found Albion, who played a 4-3-3 formation, more difficult to break down.
Ronnie Wallwork, the Albion midfield player, has no doubts that losing 1-0 to "one of the best teams in the world" is something from which to take heart.
"It was a tough game, with three in attack and three in midfield, and, unfortunately, we came away with nothing," Wallwork said. "The gaffer [Bryan Robson] asked us to keep our shape, let them come on to us and try to break. But it is hard because they have that much movement in midfield. They are one of the best teams in the world. They beat Barcelona last week and I think we have done well to come here and only lose 1-0.
"We came here to get something, however, and maybe with a bit of luck Kanu's volley could have gone in, or something like that.
"We're just looking forward to the Charlton game at the weekend now and hopefully we can get something there. It's hard to control players like Chelsea's, with the ability they've got.
"The lads are up, the gaffer and Nigel Pearson [the assistant manager] have told us we did well and to keep our heads up. And our skipper, Kevin Campbell, has encouraged us to do the same and keep working."
Having won on three occasions in the Premiership this season, Albion would not, under normal circumstances, be thinking of survival. They would already be consigned to the Football League.
But these are not normal circumstances and now Albion can take advantage of a bizarre distribution of points to secure their Premiership survival. Usually, at least 40 points are required to avoid relegation but now there is a perception that 35 will be enough.
With nine games remaining, Albion have every reason to believe that such a total is attainable.
Paul Robinson, the Albion defender, stops short of making predictions but he seemed to exemplify the mood at The Hawthorns.
"We can take positives from our performance at Chelsea into Charlton," Robinson said. "We are a positive and committed side and we went to Stamford Bridge and gave it our best shot.
"We can hold our heads up high because we have not let ourselves down in a difficult game. We knew Chelsea were going to come at us and we knew we had to weather that and try to build on it.
"Unfortunately, we let a goal in and were chasing the game but I think the 1-0 defeat was a bit harsh on us. In the second half, we dealt really well with Chelsea and put them under a bit of pressure. We have got a great spirit at the club and we will keep going until the end."