Fulham's game with Preston had the potential to be an unwanted banana skin on the road to the play-off places, and sides of old may have slipped and continued to slide all the way to May 7.
But not the class of 2016/17.
Slavisa Jokanovic's side put in an extremely professional performance that has been missing from Craven Cottage in recent years, dominating the game apart from a five minute spell after Preston had scored and securing all three points.
Those three points were vital in keeping the Cottagers hopes alive, especially after Sheffield Wednesday trounced Norwich 5-1 at Hillsborough - a place Fulham must conquer on the last day of the season.
But that's still to come, and at the moment all thoughts go to the visit of Leeds on Tuesday night in what is yet another cup final for Jokanovic's side.
The Yorkshire team sit in fourth place in the Championship, eight points off Fulham, having won five games more than the west Londoners.
It's a massive game, the players know it, the manager knows it and the fans know and Fulham must now push on from their victory over Preston and use it as a catapult to launch themselves into this game.
There's no need to fear Leeds - Fulham have the players capable of beating Monk's side, but they must be on the top of their game from the first to the final whistle.
They have the perfect springboard going into the game after Saturday's match, the performance against Preston was a joy to watch and they did everything that needed to be done. and they did it well.
Of course, the goal they conceded was a black mark on an otherwise clean performance, but nonetheless they would've been happy to take that result at the start of the day.
Winning breeds confidence, and beating a team that were only a point off them at the start of the weekend so comfortably will have given the entire side a confidence boost, something they must use against Leeds.
Chris Wood is a threat for the away side, but they will come to Craven Cottage with the aim of getting out without being beaten, and Fulham need to use that to their advantage and try to dominate the game.
Like they did against Preston, the utilisation of whoever plays at fullback will be key, as will whoever Jokanovic chooses to play up front - in my opinion, this game is calling out for Chris Martin to play up front and worry the Leeds defence.
It isn't the end of the world if Fulham lose, they still have that game in hand, but it will be a big blow, both to the confidence of the side and the run of form they currently find themselves on.
So long as the team get a result, they can continue their forward momentum and push Sheffield Wednesday right to the end.