With West Bromwich Albion due at Manchester United this weekend, many Baggies' supporters have been quick to predict the demise of the club's Great Escape.
Defeat for Albion in their penultimate match of the campaign at Old Trafford on Saturday would, realistically, end Bryan Robson's hopes of keeping the Baggies in the top-flight despite their recent brave rearguard action.
But at The Hawthorns, which has been dubbed Escape Headquarters' by hopeful fans, there is no room for such negative sentiment while there is still light at the end of the tunnel.
Robson, whose team lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal on Monday, is busy attempting to prepare his players for their televised match at United.
A good result will ensure Albion are still in with a chance of avoiding relegation ahead of their final game of the season, at home to Portsmouth a week on Sunday.
Robson said: "We have to pick ourselves up and prepare for our last two games because anything can happen.
"Everton and Blackburn have already gone to United this season and got results by drawing 0-0, so it can be done.
"It is what you do on the day and if we are right up for the match, we can give Manchester United a decent game - you have to be organised and make it difficult.
"It is nearly always the same when you play against the top teams. It is how long you can go in the game without conceding a goal.
"If you can get to the last 15-20 minutes of the game then you have a chance, because even the top teams get nervous when they think they should beat you."
Albion have performed admirably in recent weeks to haul themselves off the foot of the table but, with Crystal Palace and Southampton each a point above Robson's team, the Baggies' fate may no longer be in their own hands.
Palace host Saints on Saturday in their penultimate match and a win for either side would leave Albion needing to beat United to avoid being relegated.
It is an unenviable scenario but Albion's 5.15pm kick-off at Old Trafford, after the other games have finished, means the visitors will at least know what is required.
Robson said: "We know we have got to beat Portsmouth on the final day and we are looking to get in a position to have a chance of avoiding relegation by doing that.
"We don't want that to be a dead game at the end of the season. What has cost us is that we haven't taken the good chances we have made.
"We have to hope we start taking those chances in our next two games though, because I always believe you nearly always need two goals to win a game in the Premiership."
Albion will have Paul Robinson and Kevin Campbell available on Saturday after they recovered from knocks collected against Arsenal.
But Kieran Richardson, on loan from Manchester United, is ineligible and Richard Chaplow will miss the match with a knee-ligament injury after a training-ground accident with team-mate Kanu.
Robson said: "The two of them were on the same team and went for the ball at the same time. They both thought the other was going to leave it and Richard just twisted his knee a little bit as they came together.
"Running into these last two games, the last thing we wanted was having a couple of people out, especially with Andy Johnson already missing from centre midfield, but Richard could be fit for Portsmouth."
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, has confirmed that striker Ruud van Nistelrooy will be fit to play on Saturday. The Holland international striker is on the mend after missing two matches because of a bruised foot. Ferguson could also field Louis Saha in attack.