John Terry believes Chelsea's win at Blackpool was "massive" in the club's remarkable late bid to retain their Barclays Premier League title.
The Blues took full advantage of slip-ups from Manchester United and Arsenal on Monday night to close to within nine points of top spot with a game in hand.
Chelsea's championship challenge looked dead and buried just over a week ago when they trailed leaders United by 15 points and were 1-0 down to Sir Alex Ferguson's side at half-time of their clash at Stamford Bridge.
But they recovered to win that game before watching United lose at Liverpool and second-placed Arsenal draw with Sunderland and, with a trip to Old Trafford still to come, the comeback to end all comebacks now looks possible for Carlo Ancelotti's men.
Captain Terry told Chelsea TV: "Watching Man United get beaten, Spurs drawing, Arsenal drawing at home - which nobody really expected - it was important we capitalised.
"It's a massive win actually."