West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Mowbray is confident his side can beat the drop after moving off the bottom by registering a third successive home victory.
After the Baggies had beaten fellow strugglers Middlesbrough 3-0, he said: "We were written off by people before Christmas but nobody here was saying that and I don't think we've ever been adrift.
"I think the maximum we've been off the safety line was five points so I don't think we've ever felt we were going down. I know I don't think that way. I've never had a bet in my life. I don't read odds or what the bookies say. I am not interested in them. You've got to believe in your team.
"Whilst we've got a real hard slog, 16 games to go, we've got to look forward to them and be positive and feel we can win enough of them.
"There are a few teams that, when they come to the Hawthorns, we've got to make sure they have uncomfortable days."
Mowbray was a Boro player for 12 years and is optimistic they can survive despite their current dismal run.
He said: "I've got a lot of affinity for Middlesbrough and, particularly on the evidence of what we saw today, particularly in the first half, I think they will be fine.
"They've got enough quality players. I think they will be fine - just as long as it is not at our expense - as long as they can hold onto their best players."