A sign of the burgeoning belief in the Wolverhampton Wanderers squad was provided by Maurice Ross's insistence that his side are good enough to escape the Championship this season.
Ross, who came on as a half-time substitute in Wolves' impressive 1-1 draw at runaway leaders Reading last Saturday, expressed his belief that the club has sufficiently quality and the requisite mental fortitude to make it into the play-offs and a late run into the Premiership.
"We've got the players here without a shadow of a doubt," said Ross. "That's not being derogatory to the other teams but I don't think anybody has a stronger squad, and we've got a chance because Preston slipped up."
After Preston tumbled to a 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, and with Crystal Palace only able to draw, too, Wolves are now just one point outside the top six with seven matches remaining. Although they have fumbled around unconvincingly for most of the season, finally it seems Glenn Hoddle's side are making a definitive move.
But Ross knows they will have to maintain their recent form - they are eight games unbeaten - if they are to scrape into the post-season festivities.
"We need to keep our own house in order, that's the most important thing," he said. "We're going to need people to stand up and be counted in the remaining games and, with the level of players we have, we're more than capable of doing that.
"The way we went about our business was more encouraging than the actual result. We just need to treat each game as if it's our last to get into the play-offs, as the old cliche says it's seven cup finals."