Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he feels more sure of his ground even though he is taking nothing for granted following last night's demolition of Bolton.
Ancelotti came under fire following a disastrous run of two wins in 12 Premier League games.
But last night's triumph was Chelsea's third on the trot.
And while the Italian has called on his players to retain their focus, he is starting to breathe more steadily once more.
"I feel more secure," he said.
"When you can move on from this moment you are stronger.
"The most important thing is to maintain composure and stay focussed.
"We won an important game but we will have other important games in the future. But at least we know the path we have to follow."
Chelsea will feel more bullish about achieving that aim with Drogba in his present mood.
A season scarred by contracting malaria seemed to be passing the Ivorian by until last night when his 35-yard rocket shot began a rout that continued with goals from Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka and Ramires, his first for the club.
"That is the end of the bad moment," he said.
"It was an important performance and now we have to look forward with confidence.
"To close the gap is not going to be easy. At this moment Manchester United are so far in front.
"But step by step, we can do it, although obviously we have to win the games against them."
Such is Chelsea's position that they need to remain unbeaten over the final 15 games to retain a realistic hope of keeping their hard-won title.
Judging by their bench at Bolton, they still lack the depth within their squad to be confident of meeting that challenge.
That just adds to the pressure for new signings, although an agreement is still to be reached with Benfica for central defender David Luiz, who is set to become Chelsea's most expensive purchase since Andriy Shevchenko.
"It is not done," said Ancelotti.
"We are trying to find an agreement with Benfica but nothing is decided.
"We just have to wait and see."