3 points

Now, West Ham have three victories on the trot, a huge injection of belief around the club and Charlton, sitting above the relegation zone, are just 3 points ahead.

Central to the recent resurgence has been Bobby Zamora and Carlos Tevez. Both finding their feet at last, and finding the goal no less than 7 times in the last 4 games. They have formed a neat little partnership and are learning how to play to each others strengths.

Then some midfield improvement. With Yossi Benayoun absent for no particular reason, Lee Bowyer has played better than previously while Mark Noble has been awesome in central midfield. His simple ball-down-and-play approach and whole-hearted commitment to challenges is a joy to see. And for once the battle of Noble and Tevez through the centre means a distinct lack of width has not been such a concern, but at times McCartney and Neill have shown their attacking prowess.

The benefit of a settled back four has never been more obvious. Lucas Neill has turned in some superb performances and actually orders the defence about, which is a breath of fresh air. James Collins - now finally fit - is showing why Alan Pardew signed him. Anton Ferdinand is starting to form a good partnership with him, and is also upping his own efforts, flinging himself in front of a number of Arsenal chances on Saturday. George McCartney, who never really got going in a few cameo appearances early on, is finding a prolonged run in a settled back four highly profitable - although hopefully his replacement by John Spector at the Emirates doesn't mean a serious absence from the side.

Then there's Robert Green. A keeper of his quality is a rare find, and while it can only be a matter of time before he gets his rightful recall, I hope the curse of England keeps away.

So, six games left, and the Hammers are edging closer to daylight. Now Curbishley's got them playing by hook or by crook the momentum can carry them through to another win at Sheffield United. That will mean equal points with Charlton to keep us well and truly in with a chance.