Mikael Forssell might have taken his seasonal tally to six goals but he was already looking ahead to next week's crucial Premiership clash with Sunderland.
Within 45 minutes of Birmingham booking their place in today's FA Cup quarter-final draw, Forssell glossed over yesterday's 1-0 win against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium to leave supporters under no illusions of where their priorities lie.
That said all eyes will be on this afternoon's sixth round draw - Blues could still be pitched against Villa!
The FA Cup has proffered Forssell a lifeline this season, as it has enabled him to procure valuable match practice as he strives to overcome his debilitating knee injury.
A goal against Torquay, Reading and now Stoke has ensured he is only two matches away from reaching an FA Cup final.
It also affords him the opportunity of scoring in every round but he is adamant that the Premiership is of paramount importance.
"Staying in the Premier League is the most important issue to all of us," Forssell said. "Everyone's thoughts are now on the Sunderland game. The players are very aware of how important the next three games are and we have talked about it a lot.
"It is a must-win game against Sunderland. It isn't a win-or-bust game but it is a very important game. I would swap all of these cup results for points in the league."
Supporters from both sides were arrested as warring factions clashed outside the stadium in a sour, yet predictable postscript to this fixture.
The entertainment on show during the 90 minutes left much be desired as well but Birmingham showed steel and determination to protect Forssell's 47th-minute strike.
The Finland international said it wasn't a cup-tie to set the pulses racing.
"It was definitely a case of never mind the quality, look at the result," he said.
"That is what happens many times in the FA Cup. In the end it was a great win. Maik made a few great saves. The header from Duberry was unbelievable but that is the Premiership quality we have.
"The FA Cup is part of the season and we have to take positives out of this back into our Premiership campaign. We got a win and if we get a good draw on Monday I think it would boost us."
Forssell conceded that he was pleased to score his sixth goal of a troubled campaign.
Yet, he said the paltry fare served up in terms of creativity was as much to do with the hosts' energetic approach as Blues' own deficiencies.
"The way we played going forward today wasn't the easiest for the strikers," he said. "I feel sorry for Emile because he had to go for headers all the time and I felt as though we could have played it on the ground more.
"We were free at times but it was very hard for our midfielders because Stoke really put them under pressure.
"That was reflected in the tempo during the whole 90 minutes."
Forssell's form has been scrutinised more than any other player this term after his injury problems of last season.
By his own admission, it has taken him a long time to recover a semblance of his old form and he agrees that he is still some way off the finished article.
"I just need match fitness but, step by step, it is getting there," he said.