Despite the fact that Aston Villa are only three points ahead of West Bromwich Albion, Olof Mellberg's pint glass is definitely half full.
Villa play at Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, having taken a fearful beating there last season, before entertaining Chelsea in their next Premiership fixture.
Sandwiched between those tough assignments is an FA Cup fourth-round rendezvous with Port Vale that should see them progress to the final 16.
However, the bottom three could have Villa in their radar following Chelsea's match at Villa Park - David O'Leary's men could become embroiled in a relegation battle if home results don't improve.
Nevertheless, Mellberg says that is a scenario he is not prepared to entertain.
"We shouldn't be concerned at what is behind us and I don't think it is a good thing to look back," a bullish Mellberg said.
"You should always be looking up and at what is ahead of you, no matter where you are.
"We aren't looking at the bottom of the table too much.
"We have to aim for the top half of the table.
"We had a poor start to the season and we have let ourselves down on too many occasions this season, especially at home."
Villa's home form has been a source for concern this season but, post-Chelsea, they have a group of fixtures that can be classed in the 'should win' category.
Yet, it is the incumbents who will have to turn their form around as O'Leary is unlikely to make any additions to his squad in the transfer window.
The cupboard is bare regarding transfer funds for Villa but Mell-berg is convinced his present crop of players are talented enough without calling for the cavalry.
He said: "I think the fans should expect a lot from us at Villa Park.
"In previous seasons we have done really well at home but we need to improve this season.
"We were confident at the start of the season and we have got the same squad apart from a few injuries.
"I think it is a strong squad. "We have quite a few options at the back now, both in the middle and on the flanks.The same goes all over the park.
"If you start to lose one or two games at home maybe you tend to get a bit nervous, as do the fans who want to see us win.
"We lost against Wigan and Middlesbrough at home earlier in the season and it is important that we don't lose those kind of games again."