Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has told his players they are in control of their own destiny and should seize the opportunity to get over what he believes could be a very significant hurdle.
With three matches remaining the Latics are still in the relegation zone but only because of a worse goal difference by one than Blackpool, who appear to have a much tougher run-in.
The Seasiders have been on the slide since the turn of the year, having begun their maiden Barclays Premier League campaign so brightly, whereas Wigan have always been looking up the table. Martinez thinks surviving this season could be a watershed moment for his squad as he expects them to very quickly grow in stature.
"In a very strange way they need to enjoy this challenge because that is something which is going to help them progress in their careers," said the Spaniard.
"In this situation it is very difficult to enjoy the day-to-day because you care about the situation but it is important once the players are on the pitch they enjoy their football.
"If you don't enjoy your football you cannot be as good or as composed as you have to be. If they enjoy their football during the games we will achieve our aims, I have no doubt about that. It is challenges like this which allow you to be as good as you can."