Sunderland manager Gus Poyet's impassioned letter to supporters of the club appears to have had the desired effect and galvanised the fan-base.
Poyet wrote a note to the side's fans on Sunderland's official site where he addressed a number of issues at the Stadium of Light at the moment.
The Black Cats' poor form has led to questions being asked of Poyet's managerial credentials, but his statement today appears to have won some fans over.
In the letter Poyet stated his passion for the job, asked the supporters to remain positive and took responsibility for their failings so far this season.
The 47-year-old had frustrated fans with his tendency to make excuses after defeats, but his frank admission in his statement has helped to change opinions.
Sunderland take on West Bromwich Albion at the weekend in a match which will be crucial to their chances of survival and the letter should help to create an excellent atmosphere around the Stadium of Light.
Poyet will know that his reprieve is likely to be short-lived if Sunderland do lose to the Baggies, but for now he can feel satisfied with the impact that it has made.
Here is the best reaction from Sunderland fans to Poyet's letter on social media site Twitter.
That letter from Gus Poyet was EXACTLY what was needed. Just goes to show how rooted he is to #SAFC. He's still the man for the job.— Michael Briggs (@MFBriggs) February 19, 2015
Fsirplay Poyet.. Respect that open letter thats all we wanted was you to take responsibility.. Now lets win some games #safc— Joe Smith (@Joecsmith11) February 19, 2015
Feel like I've broken up with Poyet and he's just sent me a love letter saying how much he wants me back - reading that open letter #safc— Josh Carr (@Josh_Carr95) February 19, 2015
good move by poyet. we have to give him time and get behind him. calls for his head have been very premature, imo. #safc— beergrind (@_kathaar) February 19, 2015
Poyet's built bridges with letter to fans. But team is stifled by fear. Be positive also Gus. Have a go at teams and finish the job #safc— John Corney (@butteroo) February 19, 2015