Coventry City 2 Sheffield United 0
If any more evidence was required that Coventry City can look forward instead of back, it came with the weekend win over Sheffield United, the Championship's second-placed club.
It was hardly tearing up the form book though. The Blades have developed the jitters and are in grave danger of being pipped to the second automatic promotion spot by Leeds United.
And the Sky Blues have made the Ricoh Arena an impenetrable fortress of late with Saturday's victory their sixth straight league win at h ome and their 12th u nbeaten there in all competitions.
But there is much more to the positive outlook at Coven-try than a run of good form in front of their home fans.
Take Saturday's goalscorers. Not too many moons ago, both of them would have been moved along with just a sniff of interest from other clubs prepared to throw a bit of money at the Sky Blues.
Because of the debt - which is still believed to be more than £20 million, although no official accounts have been made public for 15 months - the club's board could have justified the sale of Dele Adebola and Gary McSheffrey.
McSheffrey was a target for Norwich when they had to part with Dean Ashton and the 23-year-old proved why with a cool finish inside five minutes against Sheffield United.
He latched on to a poor header from Blades centre back Chris Morgan and kept his head to place the ball perfectly past the on-rushing Paddy Kenny.
It was the little forward's 14th of the season - most of which have come from the left-side of midfield - and suggests Micky Adams will face another fight to keep him in the summer.
And then, just when the visitors looked to be getting themselves back into the game, it was Adebola who pounced to double Coventry's advantage to all but make the points safe. It followed a sweet move from the Sky Blues which saw three or four players juggle the ball between themselves in midfield before Michael Doyle, who impressed alongside Dennis Wise in City's engine room, set Marcus Hall free down the left.
The full-back, who is in his best form this season, crossed low to find Adebola lurking ten yards from goal and he fired into the corner with the side of his foot.
It was the former Blues striker's tenth goal of the campaign and capped his 100th appearance for Coventry. That is a feat in itself when considering that at more than one stage in his City career he has been close to the exit door.
Early on, supporters wanted to see the back of him as he struggled to settle into any kind of form and, because of a couple of key misses in big games, it made him an easy target for the boo-boys.
But under the guidance of Adams, Adebola has found a new lease of life. So much so, that Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock offered £500,000 for the 30-year-old in August and again at Christmas.
Those same fans that taunted him were under-standably relieved that Adams knocked back the advances from United and duly got his man to extend his contract at the Ricoh.
Adebola, McSheffrey and Stern John all had further chances to extend Coventry's lead as City's main attacking trio outshone Warnock's embarrassment of riches up front.
In fact, they could have been three, four or even five goals to the good by half-time but a couple of good saves from Kenny set up a tense second period.
But for all their possession, the Blades never looked like getting a goal back as Coventry stood firm defensively and goalkeeper Marton Fulop produced another immaculate performance.
Adams, an avid Sheffield United supporter, will demand more of the same from the Sky Blues against Leeds next week to ensure Kevin Blackwell's side gain no ground in the race for promotion.
And avoiding defeat against the Championship's form club would certainly add to the positive vibes at the Ricoh Arena.