With little more than a third of the season gone in the Coca-Cola Championship promotion race, it's a little early to be making sweeping statements about which of the four West Midlands teams chasing Premiership status might be there come May.
But there's no doubt that Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce can be excused a smug grin over his cornflakes this morning when he has another long, lingering look at the league table.
Only two weekends ago, after his Blues side slumped to ninth, he was supposedly one game away from dismissal.
Now, admittedly with a few fortunate breaks along the way, he has led his team to five successive wins - and what a happier place the world seems.
Blues lie fourth, within three points of Dave Jones' faltering leaders Cardiff City, and fully four points clear of this season's chief local rivals West Bromwich Albion, outbattled by Bruce's men who earned a vital derby win only nine days ago.
It is, of course, a positive scenario at St Andrew's, given added lustre by virtue of what happened up the road at The Hawthorns a month prior to Bruce landing in such bother.
By way of contrast, Albion chose to dismiss Bryan Robson when his team also fell to ninth. Although new manager Tony Mowbray began with a Black Country derby win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, it has not been much fun since.
Blues' winning run started at Pride Park when Stephen Clemence's late, deflected strike won them all three points against Derby County 16 days ago. While Bruce's
men were pulling off their latest win at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, Albion came away from Pride Park with nothing, to leave them with only one point from thee games. Even commenting solely about his own side's sudden transformation, Bruce is still pinching himself.
"It's quite incredible how it's all changed for us so quickly," he said. "What you see is a new young team just starting to get to know each other and be close. That togetherness is coming. You can see in the way we're playing that they're having a go.
"People like Stephen Clemence and big Martin Taylor came in to the team to steady the ship at a time when I had Damien Johnson coming back too but everybody else I've brought to the club has a point to prove.
"We're still young. We've gone from an average age of 31 to 23 in a matter of six weeks and that's always going to take time but, although we can still be naive at times, I'd rather have it that way than what I witnessed last year and I think we'll get better still and be in the shake-up.
"Nobody would have said to me after a quarter of the season gone that Burnley, Preston and Cardiff would be top of the league but this division can be like that.
"It's a tough league. The one thing you have to be is hard. It's not always going to be the pretty teams that get you out of this league."
If that was a subtle reference to an Albion team who were scoring goals for fun prior to Mowbray's arrival, then the Baggies' new boss is not concerned.
"If we keep up that performance-level week in and week out, we'll be fine," said Mowbray after seeing a 1-0 half-time lead turned round at Pride Park. "Perhaps we were a bit wasteful in front of goal but there are another 30 games to go and there's no need to be concerned.
"I wouldn't knock the strikers. We were creating a lot of chances and, if they all went in, it could have been an embarrassing scoreline.
"Things just need tinkering with a little bit. I'm only three weeks into the job and the signs are positive."
n Former Albion boss Bryan Robson yesterday ruled himself out of the running for the vacant managerial post at Sheffield Wednesday.
The one-time England captain confirmed he had been on the short-list for the Owls role following the departure of Paul Sturrock from the Coca-Cola Championship strugglers last month.
But Robson, who parted company with the Baggies in late September, has decided not to pursue his interest in the Hillsborough post.