The dark clouds have started to lift around Aston Villa.
A run of nine games without a win saw a storm brewing in the Midlands, with Roy Keane’s departure only adding to the melting pot.
Chinks of light are shooting through, though, even when taking a derby defeat to West Bromwich Albion into account.
Saturday’s reversal against The Baggies was Villa’s first in six outings, with nine important points added during a positive run.
Paul Lambert’s men are now allowing themselves to look up the standings, rather than over their shoulder, with Brad Guzan of the opinion that they should be aiming to catch those who started the Premier League season with ambitions of challenging for European qualification.
The USA international goalkeeper told MLSsoccer.com: "You can look at every season, and it's always difficult.
"It was always going to be difficult to get something out of those games [against the big clubs], and that's when a lot of criticism started coming our way.
"But we're not far off the likes of Everton and Tottenham, and there's still a lot to play for.
"For us as a team, and especially the back four or five, we want to be hard to beat, on our day, that's what we are."
Villa sit 13th at present, two points adrift of Everton.
They are a further three behind Tottenham Hotspur, who remain very much in the hunt for a top-four finish.
Bettering last season’s 15th-place finish would be a step in the right direction, but supporters will be pleased to hear that Guzan and his colleagues are setting their sights much higher than that.