Kevin Phillips' first aim this week is to recover from the calf problem that forced him to take an early shower on his emotional goal-scoring return to Sunderland.
But the Aston Villa striker also has a far more long- term outlook for reviving his side's previously ailing season.
Villa's last win - the derby triumph against Birmingham City last month - should finally have kick-started their season. The following week surprise high-fliers Wigan added Villa to their list of victims.
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Two more defeats followed, plunging Villa into a Midland- dominated bottom four. But Saturday's morale-boosting 3-1 win appears to have stopped the rot.
Villa's run of niggling injuries appears to be at an end before Charlton Athletic come to Villa Park on Saturday, Phillips knows how vital it is to build on such a positive result.
"I remember speaking after the Birmingham game and saying how important it was that we went and continued that run," Phillips said. "We didn't, but now we have the same situation against Charlton next week and we're full of confidence again."
Villa's assistant manager Roy Aitken - deputising in the post-match press interview room for flu-hit manager David O'Leary - was pleased with his first- choice strikers.
"It just had to be Kevin Phillips," Aitken said. "He's got this habit of scoring goals.
"He's a terrific player who links up well with the midfield players. But when you put that ball in front of him it goes in the back of the net. We know the difference Milan Baros can make too. The players the manager has brought in to take the club forward were all playing today."