Steve Kean, the Blackburn Rovers manager, believes his side have the confidence to pull themselves well clear of the relegation zone and should now be targeting the teams above them.
A 2-0 win over Sunderland at Ewood Park last night moved Rovers six points clear of the bottom three.
Junior Hoilett opened the scoring just before the hour with an instinctive volley after goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had only half-punched Morten Gamst Pedersen's throw-in.
Martin Olsson denied Nicklas Bendtner from close range and Sunderland substitute Ji Dong-won missed an open goal from four yards late on before Ayegbeni Yakubu wrapped up victory with a header four minutes from time.
Having picked up their first clean sheet of the season last time out at Wolves another shut-out meant Rovers kept consecutive clean sheets in the league for the first time since August 2010.
It was also the first time since November 2010 - which dates back to the pre-Kean era - the club had secured back-to-back league victories.
"Not only have we got back-to-back wins but back-to-back clean sheets. We have been worked hard on that aspect," Kean said.
"I felt when we cleared that one off the line [by Olsson] I was thinking 'give us a another clean sheet' and now we have some daylight.
"I think we can catch [teams above] and with confidence and consistency in the team, which we can feel with abundance, we can start to look up.
"There is still a lot of football to be played and we looked at this month as an opportunity to put points on the board and possibly put a little bit of gap between the teams around us.
"Looking now at the last 11 games we have got 17 points and to keep chipping away and keep adding points is encouraging."
Kean does not yet know whether Saturday's match at Bolton will go ahead as the situation regarding Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed at the weekend after suffering a cardiac arrest and remains in hospital, means nothing has yet been decided.
It would suit Blackburn from a momentum point of view to play but Kean said that was not the important issue.
"I wish the Bolton game was under other circumstances but if it is on we will go out and try to get some more points," he added.
"But if Bolton do not feel they are prepared properly - because it has been a very disruptive week - we will respect it and rearrange it any time it fits in with their schedule.
"We know Saturday is going to be a difficult occasion and it will be very emotional, if it goes ahead, for the Bolton players but we are delighted Fabrice is making progress."
Martin O'Neill, the Sunderland manager, felt his side lacked intensity but partly blamed himself for not getting the players fired up.
However, he refused to blame the weekend's FA Cup quarter-final exertions in the 1-1 draw at Everton for their failings.
"It was disappointing, obviously. It lacked the intensity of Saturday's game and we just reached no height whatsoever," said O'Neill.
"I think we left a little behind at Goodison Park if I am completely honest and that might be a contributory factor - but it is not an excuse.
"That intensity at the end of the day comes from me so I have to look at that myself.
"First half we were sloppy in our passing and couldn't move the ball and should have done much better.
"Our best spell came just after they scored and could have equalised but overall we are disappointed."