Thomas Sorensen believes Aston Villa are confident enough to hit their manager's target of ending the season with six successive home wins.
Saturday's 1-0 win over Portsmouth was only their fourth in the league at Villa Park this term. But, with David O'Leary's side 11 points clear of danger, that should have eradicated any remaining relegation fears. Motivated by the prospect of a far from intimidating home fixture list, the Villa dressing-room is looking in only one direction.
"We knew this was a massive game," Sorensen said. "Had we lost and the other results gone against us, it would have been a different story. But, although it was a bit of a scrappy game, we deserved to win and we can start looking upwards.
"We've gone past Fulham and we've still got them to come here, and we've got Sunderland, West Brom and Birmingham at home too.
"They are the teams around us and below us. But they are games we should win and, with the 11-point gap now, we should go into games like that now with a little bit more confidence.
"It's always a lot tougher to be involved down the bottom. But this has given us a bit of breathing space and we need to exploit it. We can't be happy sitting just above the relegation zone.
"There are still plenty of points to play for. We have to keep climbing, stay in touch with the teams above us and then see what happens.
"First, we've got two away games coming up, three with the Cup replay at Man City in the middle. But we've proved a good team away from home and we have to start looking in the other direction."
Portsmouth may have lost for the third time in the Midlands this season but skipper Gary O'Neil did not leave without a brave parting shot to Villa's top-flight neighbours West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City.
He said: "We still believe we're going to stay up. West Brom and Birmingham have got a tougher run-in than ourselves.
"They are only a few points better off and they've both lost again so we're still in with a shout.
"Apart from the 5-0 at Birmingham, we've not been outclassed in any game. And we're disappointed as we thought Villa were there for the taking."