Things are getting too tight for comfort outside of the bottom two. Reading and QPR are going down. Even if they put together a run of results, the inevitable run of defeats that will follow will suck them back into the relegation quicksand. You can't have less than 10 points at this stage of the season and escape.
However, Sunderland's win has opened up the battle to escape the third from bottom spot. We are now just seven points above a relegation place and that is too close for comfort. A bad December and we will be on the shoulder of the drop zone and all that heady optimism following the victory over Chelsea will look horribly misplaced.