Leeds United are now in with an outside chance of making the play-offs this season.
Leeds United boss Steve Evans has been discussing his ambitions for the Yorkshire club on Sky Sports News today (06/01/2016) and insists that the club have every intention of battling for the play-off positions in the Championship this season.
When he arrived at the club, replacing Uwe Rosler, that seemed a far-fetched fantasy from the former Rotherham United boss.
However they have shown some improvement recently and currently sit in 13th place in the league, just nine points off the play-off places.
They are also unbeaten in their last seven matches, so optimism is high at the club.
But when he told Massimo Cellino that his goal was the play-offs upon his arrival the Italian, quite ironically some might say, felt the Scot had took leave of his senses.
Evans told Sky Sports today:
"For me they (playoff ambitions) are (realistic) yes.
"I think the owner (Cellino) told me I was bonkers when I first met him when I mentioned it.
"I had to look twice at him I'll admit when he said I was bonkers.
"We have a real aspiration to push on to chase some teams. But we are not daft and know how tough that challenge is."
As it stands it is still a long shot that Leeds can actually find themselves in the top six come the end of the season.
However plenty of teams have gone on a run of form in the past to find themselves in the play-offs at the last minute - so Leeds would not be treading over uncharted territory.
The teams that usually do pull off this feat also tend to end up up winning promotion, such is their momentum.
So plenty of reasons to be cheerful of at Elland Road despite the doom-mongers.