Wolverhampton Wanderers fans h ave not had much to shout about this season - but manager Glenn Hoddle is not the only one getting a little bit excited.
The arrival of Frenchman Jeremie Aliadiere to become Hoddle's fourth Musketeer is suddenly starting to look the trigger that fires Wolves to promotion.
It seems extraordinary, given the clinical way Wolves took their chances in Saturday's 3-2 win at Hull, that Hoddle should have gone almost two months from the Christmas period without a goal from any of his strikers.
But Aliadiere's opener was followed by goals from Kenny Miller and Carl Cort to earn Wolves a third straight win that has carried them to within two points of the teams in the play-off places. And, although the on-loan Aliadiere's inclusion meant leaving £1.4 million latest signing Tomasz Frankowski on the bench, Hoddle is confident that all four of his eyecatching frontline contenders can carry on sparking.
"It was a very positive thing to happen that all three goals were scored by our strikers," he said. "We always looked threatening in the final third.
"I never thought Hull looked comfortable against our front three. And we've still got Tomasz Frankowski who's a real finisher. If we can get him off the mark too, we've got good options at the top of the pitch.
"Hopefully, it's a good sign for us. If they're going to hit good form, now's the time to do it. That's the first time this season we've had three straight wins. And, with 11 games to go, there'll be a few people looking over their shoulder at us now."
It was not so much the quantity of chances created but the quality of the finishing that so thrilled the Wolves boss. In fact, his side only had one other effort on target. But Hoddle was still pleased with himself for not only making the decision to play three up front, but to drop Frankowski after three straight blanks and bring in Aliadiere.
"We played with the diamond last week, and 4-3-3 at Hull. And, don't forget, we played with three at the back over Christmas. It shows we can adapt to whatever tactics I set.
"I don't think Tomasz has played in a 4-3-3 and I haven't had time to work with him in this shape for any length of time. But I knew Jeremie could play that from his time at Arsenal and he did it very well.
"It was a great ball through from Mark Davies for his goal and it was just a question of whether he got away from the last man. But he's quicker than he looks."
"I thought the two defenders were going to tackle me," said Aliadiere, "but they didn't.
"I like those chances when I can drive the ball across so it was my type of goal.
"It's been a long time since my last one and it has been really hard for me with the injuries and all the time spent on the bench. But now I'm playing, we've won, I've scored, and it's really good."
Hoddle admitted that his only worry was the injury-hit Aliadiere's lack of match sharpness after so long on the footballing periphery.
"He's still a bit rusty not really having played much football," said Hoddle. "He hardly played for Celtic or West Ham in his time there.
"And he was running on empty. He was very tired and had to come off, which was very professional of him. It also allowed us to put on Rohan Ricketts, who ended up making the winner for Corty, so it was a good decision."
By contrast, Paul Ince and Lee Naylor, who both picked up hamstring injuries in Wolves' 1-0 win at Burnley two weeks ago, again had to go through the pain barrier at Hull. And there is a question mark against both for Saturday's trip to QPR.
The only other negative for Hoddle was Saturday's five bookings, including a fourth in six games for fiery defender Maurice Ross.