West Ham had turned a corner of late with a 3-1 win at Everton followed by a superb 0-0 draw against Chelsea, an 8-0 win over Macclesfield in the cup and a 3-1 victory against Manchester United.
Some of that good work was undone on Friday night, though, when the Hammers failed to show the same intensity in a 1-0 defeat at Brighton.
With praise ringing in their ears from pundits and fans, the recent turnaround had supporters hoping for a surge up the table.
West Ham could have gone 10th with a win.
But Manuel Pellegrini's side remain in the bottom six and now face a tricky run of fixtures which sees them play Tottenham twice - once in the cup - and Leicester away after the international break.
The East Londoners should not be worrying about relegation, though, according to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.
The Liverpool legend told Friday Night Football West Ham should be looking to finish as the 'best of the rest' in seventh place and delivered his verdict on the much vaunted Hammers front three of Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko.
"Of course because of the bad start you think 'Can they get dragged in' (to a relegation battle," Carragher said on FNF.
"But what they've got, they've got a Premier League-winning manager, so West Ham in the summer have made big changes to be I would say maybe the best of the rest and try and challenge the top six, look for that seventh position.
"So as I said Premier League-winning manager, £100 million spent, a front three that is I would say outside the top six, possibly the best front three certainly what they've showed the last three or four games.
"Yes two of them are new players but if you look at the spend, I mean the board has been criticised a lot over the last few years, at times rightly so, but nobody can really complain with that, the money that they've spent, players brought in and also the manager.
"They've gone to get someone who has managed at the top level and that's the reason why I think they should be pushing for that position to push the top six or certainly finish top of the second league."