The bottom line is despite the Owls’ victory over Blackburn Rovers, they still have it all to do to stave off relegation.
But even if Wednesday fail to avoid the drop, there are signs that the club, under Darren Moore, are making incremental steps and hints that the Owls head coach can have a long-term impact if he is around in 2021-22.
It is something that Josh Windass would not disagree with.
The forward, who netted his fifth goal in 12 matches in the 1-0 win over Rovers, said: “We have been saying that in the last few weeks, but obviously, it is hard to persuade people you are doing well when you are not getting wins and are getting beaten.
“But since the manager has come in, I think we have been so much better, attacking-wise, and created so many more chances.
“Some weeks, we have not taken them, but there was the Cardiff game and, since then, we have had a lot of chances and we have got a lot better.
“The spirit is brilliant and it has been all season, even though the results have been tough.”
The midweek success keeps the Owls in the survival fight, just about, with three games left.
But the focus is not on others, but purely on themselves. To have any realistic hopes of survival, they must beat Middlesbrough on Saturday and also see off Nottingham Forest and Derby. That is the plain reality.
“It was a massive night for us and while there is hope, there is a chance,” observed Windass.
“This group really does believe and if you take it to the last day and keep winning, you never know what will happen.
“But we have just got to keep training hard and focusing on ourselves. We have got a big two or three weeks coming up and need every player to contribute.”
As for his own input, he continued: “When you are winning and scoring, your performance gets highlighted a lot more.
“But I feel like I have been playing well individually for quite a while now and I am always a confident player.
“Obviously, if you are not getting beat, some people will look at that as a little bit arrogant, but I have always had belief in myself.”
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