Swansea City have acquired an unfortunate habit of squandering leads this season, with Garry Monk seeing a frustrating number of points slip through his grasp.
His side still find themselves on the fringes of the European-chasing pack, but could, and probably should, have been well established within that group by now.
The Swans have taken early positives from the busy festive period, though, with a hectic schedule offering ample opportunity to right a few wrongs.
A 1-0 victory over Hull City on Saturday has the Welsh outfit back on track, and delighted to have secured a clean sheet.
An outing at the KC Stadium is precisely the type of game in which they would have come unstuck a few weeks ago, with their inability to kill contests off being punished.
Skipper Ashley Williams helped to keep the Tigers out, though, and he admits it will be a happier Christmas at the Liberty Stadium for having returned to winning ways.
He told the club’s official website: “It gives us belief. It’s something that has bothered me, especially going ahead and then conceding goals. We wanted to prove a point, and I think we did that.
“We could have scored more, but overall it’s pleasing at a difficult place to come.
“The three points is a nice early Christmas present. We can go home and enjoy it a little bit, then we’ll be back to work to try and get another important three points on Boxing Day.”
A home date with Aston Villa is next up for the Swans, with Paul Lambert bringing his travelling troops to South Wales on Friday.
Monk’s men will then end the calendar year away at Liverpool on December 29 and open a new one in London against Queens Park Rangers on January 1.
There would appear to be plenty of opportunity to collect positive results during that run and it could end up being a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for those of a Swansea persuasion.