Gus Poyet handed us the perfect start in our vital seven-day period - Everton and Chelsea are already in his sights.
Midfielder Gus rightly suggested at the start of the week that the outcome of games against Coventry City, Everton and Chelsea would shape the rest of the season.
And he was on the spot at Highfield Road on Wednesday night to make it one down, two to go.
Gus headed home his ninth goal of the season in the 23rd minute to set us on the way to a comfortable FA Cup third round win at Coventry City. Les Ferdinand added his 13th of the campaign to wrap up a 2-0 success.
"It's an important week and we've started it well," beamed Gus afterwards.
"Now we need to win in the Premiership on Saturday and then Chelsea.
"We did well against Coventry. We concentrated all the time, worked hard defensively and got the crosses in, so we had more chances.
"I was there for the first goal and I was happy because I haven't scored too many headers this season."
Glenn Hoddle was full of praise for the 34-year-old but hinted that he was tired and needed a rest.
Gus said he felt okay but recognised that the number of games we're playing - 12 in the last six weeks, another four in 11 days coming up - was bound to take its toll.
He added: "We've had a lot of games already and sometimes it's unbelievable, you don't know when to have a rest.
"I know the gaffer is looking at that but I like to play every game. I want to be there.
"When you start to think about rest you can lose your sharpness. I want to be there at the moment."