Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce paid tribute to Watford after the goalless draw between the two sides on Monday and believes the Hornets possess the fighting spirit which can stave off the threat of relegation.
The stalemate leaves Aidy Boothroyd's side four points away from safety but Pearce was impressed by their attitude.
He said: "I watched Watford's first home game of the season against West Ham and said then they wouldn't go down. And, having seen them now on four occasions, I still feel the same.
"There haven't been many games in which they've been out-classed, with the exception of Arsenal.
"And you have to give credit to Watford who denied us space, stifled the game and played to their strengths.
"We've only let in one goal in eight home league games, so I have to take positives from the game."
Pearce also refused to criticise Mark Clattenburg after the referee turned down appeals for a late penalty when Bernardo Corradi went down in the box.
"I thought it was (a penalty) at first. But my coaches tell me it wasn't a penalty, so the referee has got it right," he added.
"I'm the first to say it was or wasn't a foul if I think so - but if they get it right I'll say 'well done'."