Marcos Alonso says the start to his Sunderland career "could not have gone any better", but has warned about the dangers of the players resting on the laurels.
The Spaniard, who has been one of the stand-out performers since his loan move from Fiorentina five weeks ago, insists that things can only get better by dealing a savage blow to relegation rivals Hull City this weekend.
He told the Sunderland Echo:
It's been a good few weeks, but we need to keep it this way. We have to keep it up until May 11th.
We can't let our confidence get too high, we have to keep working hard and keep going.
There are lots of games still to play. We cannot take two weeks as very good and now put our hands down.
It's all very tight in the bottom half and that's why we need to keep going to get to the best possible position.
Hull are one of our direct rivals so it's even more important than Saturday.
We have to make sure they don't get the three points.
He is right, of course. Given the run that has transformed this season from total unmitigated disaster to potentially one of the best in recent memory, it would be absolutely criminal to not make it count for anything now.
A win against Hull would put Sunderland within three or four wins of securing survival. On the other hand, a defeat would leave Hull in that stronger position whilst we faced up to a daunting few fixtures ahead of cup commitments
It couldn't really be any more finely poised. A little ruthlessness now will go a very long way towards pulling off an almost unfathomably great escape.