Newcastle's win at the Liberty Stadium - their fourth in a row - keeps them hot on the heels of Spurs, who themselves face another north-east club this weekend. With the gap between fourth and fifth now standing at just two points Spurs will be hoping not only to take something from their visit to Sunderland, but also that Wigan can maintain their recent run of good form when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
This will be the scenario with each round of Premier League matches until the end of the season - looking for Spurs to take maximum points where possible, while waiting for the teams around them to slip up. In that regard, it is a considerable blessing that Chelsea are still involved in the Champions League, given the inevitable distraction from the league campaign that this will create. In fact, their fixture list would appear to be beneficial in another respect. Chelsea face Spurs in the semi-final of the FA Cup just three days before taking on Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. Hopefully, then, their games against the Spanish giants will take a toll on two fronts and benefit Spurs in both instances.
Third spot is suddenly looking like a possibility once more, with that other team from north London having slipped up against QPR. With their next game being against Man City, there's a fair chance that Spurs can move ahead of them in the table - at least for the time being. As far as the manager is concerned, however, the real objective is clear:
"I'd take five more wins. If we get them, we'll have Champions League football. I'd love to finish above Arsenal if I can but if we can get Champions League football next year, that's the key."
The win over Swansea will have done a great deal to restore confidence that had been shaken - just a little - in recent weeks. Although Aaron Lennon continues to struggle with a hamstring problem, he is at least now a contender for a place in the side, giving it some natural balance in the process. In the meantime, key players like Modric and Bale appear to hitting the kind of form that will be sorely needed in the coming weeks. Looking beyond that, both have also been linked with moves away from White Hart Lane. Modric is seemingly coveted by the two Manchester clubs, while Bale's purported destination is Spain. The Welshman, perhaps unsurprisingly, is not inclined to scotch these rumours: "If you are talking about Barcelona or Real Madrid, two of the biggest clubs in the world, then it's a bit like Harry and England, it's a once-in-a-lifetime dream." Neat footwork indeed, Gareth.
Before getting too concerned about either of those issues, however, a difficult game against Martin O'Neill's rejuvenated Sunderland needs to be negotiated. Spurs have failed to win any of their last six in the league away from home. Now would be a good time to break that sequence.