Billy Davies insists that Nottingham Forest`s automatic promotion dream is not over.
The Reds boss saw his side fall eight points behind second-placed West Brom following a sixth successive away league defeat at Barnsley.
But Davies believes it could ease some of the pressure on his young team and in turn help to kick-start a revival.
"I don't think the dream has died for us just yet. We have nine games to go and plenty of points to be won," said Davies. "I have seen this before and, until the very last game has been played, we have to see what happens. Anything is still possible.
"It might be the catalyst that gets us going again. I am telling you, over the next few weeks, things will happen. That eight-point gap could be reduced to five. Then it could be reduced to two and then, on the last day of the season, you could sneak over the finishing line.
"I am not saying it will happen, I am saying it could happen. Anything is still possible. If we show the same appetite and desire, anything can happen."