West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray believes mental strength, rather than physical bravery, will play a crucial role in the five-week run-in that will decide if his side's season has been a success.
He knows there is a fine line between memorable and forgettable. And in the calm before the storm this week, the possibilities open to the Baggies create their own pressure: double champions or Coca-Cola Championship football for another season.
The manager is likening his team's current predicament to Arsenal's in the Barclays Premier League. "Every journalist has his or her own opinion of whether we are having a good or bad season, but I compare our current situation a little bit to Arsenal's," he said.
"They could still win two trophies or they could get beaten by Manchester United next week and in the latter stages of the Champions League and win nothing. If that happened, people would say they have had a bad season.
"We are still fighting on two fronts. The best-case scenario is that we win them both, the worst-case scenario is that we get neither. The perception would then be that we have had a poor season.
"We have to try to look beyond that because we have made progress with the team this year given the changes that happened in the summer - but ultimately we will be judged on our results."
Those have not been great recently, despite some encouraging performances, so the relatively promising prospect of facing a relegation-threatened Colchester United at home on Saturday offers the Baggies as good a chance as possible to get back on the winning trail.
However, after this weekend, it really starts to get testing. Away midweek games for three consecutive weeks, including a Black Country derby at Molineux on April 15, plus an FA Cup semi-final against Portsmouth at Wembley seven days before a potentially
crucial clash with Watford at the Hawthorns, provides the sternest test of the season.
It is a congested fixture list that poses tough physical demands, but it is the mental energy of his players that Mowbray is most keen to keep high. He said: "Starting at the weekend, there is no respite until the end of the season.
"There is a game every few days from Saturday so there will be no chance to get our heads above water and take a big gulp - we will just have to keep swimming.
"There are lots of different things going on at the moment. You have got to try to get a team up every few days, whether it is going into a match on a high from a victory or from the low of a defeat and you have to pick teams with half an eye on the next game and consider what formation you might play.
"Physically there should not be a problem, unless the players are injured. It is not about physical conditioning now - they have played enough football for that. A huge percentage of it is mental and getting into the games in the right frame of mind and finding the
right intensity level. It will be the maximum now all the way now.
"Ideally, you would hope to rest a few players if games are going well and everybody remains fit but we are expecting a tough five weeks."
Mowbray will have to wait for Leon Barnett to come back to fitness - "he was never going to be ready for this weekend" - but could be boosted by the return of James Morrison and Chris Brunt who could make the squad for Saturday.
Integral to a successful run-in will be the form of Zoltan Gera, who has been linked this week with a move in the summer. Whatever the Hungarian's future, Mowbray is keen to use his star player's alleged desire to move as a weapon in the short-term.
"I have not seen any of those reports" he said. "I am only interested in how Zoltan performs for us and I thought he was very good on Friday night [against Charlton]. If a big club wants to come in and pay Zoltan a lot of money because he is a good player, then good luck to him but if he is going to get that move, he will have to play well and that will benefit us.