Clarets boss Sean Dyche has urged his players to take the opportunity they have given themselves with 10 games remaining.
Burnley may lie 19th in the Premier League, three points adrift of safety, but, having taken only four points after failing to win in their opening 10 games, most pundits expected them to be cut adrift at this stage.
Instead, the Clarets have a fighting chance of survival, and, ahead of tomorrow night’s visit of champions Manchester City, Dyche said: “There is plenty of football to be played yet, and every point is so vital and can make a big difference, let alone three.
“We know where we’re at, and we’ve come a long way since our start and game 10, which has been well documented.
“It’s now about what we’ve learned and are continuing to learn, and how we put that into practice, although we have to get the outcome right, of course.
“I’m encouraged by the motivation, belief, energy...it comes down to fine margins at elite level, and we have to make sure we’re on the right side of that.”
Burnley drew 2-2 at City having trailed 2-0 at half-time, but while that offers encouragement tomorrow, Dyche prefers to focus on the now: “The key thing is the belief in what we do.
“We have to know what we can do, particularly at Turf Moor.
“People at this club have been craving this challenge since the last time they were in the Premier League, and it’s here, and we’re all enjoying it and looking forward to it.
“The crowd can help in that respect as well, particularly against the super powers - they have been superb last season and this.
“They’ve had that belief and backed the players all the way down the line, which is important.
“It all goes into the melting pot to give us an increased chance.”
City take on Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night in the Champions League, fighting for a quarter-final place as they trail 2-1 from the home leg, but Dyche feels the close proximity of the game won’t be a factor tomorrow: “The City squad is full of top quality players.
“The reality of modern football is that they carry enough numbers, and quality within that, and I’m sure they can more than cope with two games in that period.”
Dyche has no further injury concerns, and Matt Taylor came through another 70 minutes for the Development Squad against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday, after 45 minutes on Friday.
Taylor, after six months out, isn’t ready for a return just yet though: “He’s still building back up into it after a long time out. We still need to make sure he’s 100% right - you can’t force someone back. He’s going well, he just needs more match fitness, and we’ll try and get him more games, with the right rest period.”
Marvin Sordell netted against Fleetwood, and Dyche added: “Marvin played to make sure he has that fitness and sharpness. We wanted options, which is why we brought him and Juke in, with a difference in how they operate, and we want them fit and well.”