Newcastle United - the future
In the end Newcastle United's "must win" turned out to be a 0-0 stalemate with Pompey that left the Magpies in a precarious but recoverable position - even though the odds are stacked against the black and whites to avoid playing Championship football.
It looks bleak at the moment, make no bones about that, but the key now has to lie with Hull City.
Yes, Newcastle are relying on others and their future is well and truly out of their hands.
But if the Tigers continue to sink like a stone, it will throw Newcastle a lifeline.
Middlesbrough too look doomed and their run-in is tougher than most.
Assuming Boro lose to Man United on Saturday, they are more or less condemned to the Championship in my eyes.
Many will write Newcastle off all together at Liverpool on Sunday but even then, Toon fans will be hoping that Aston Villa are the latest team to do United yet another favour.
Defeats for Hull, Boro and Newcastle would mean no change in the current placings - even if rock bottom West Brom pulled off a shock win at Spurs.
The worst case scenario would then see next weekend's round of fixtures result in a home game on the Saturday for Hull against Stoke, their best chance of points in the remaining matches.
Failure by the Tigers to pick something up in that game could really swing the advantage back in Newcastle's favour because then the Mags take on Boro at St James's Park.
Victory, remember that word, would take Newcastle out if the mire and put things back into our hands with two games to go in Fulham at home and Villa away.
I don't doubt that people are queuing up to say why Newcastle will be relegated.
It is fully understandable and after Newcastle fans put everything into the atmosphere last night yet again, you have to wonder do they have anything left to give?
Certainly some faces that resembled smacked backsides this morning told their own sorry story.
But while Newcastle are still in with a shout of staying up and Shearer is in the hotseat, all Toon fans can do is do what they have always done and always will - get behind their team.
And I don't expect anything less at Anfield when thousands of loyal Toon fans will turn up on Merseyside and get behind the lads.
At the moment, the pressure on Mike Ashley is on hold, whatever people do with their season ticket next year means nothing in the next four games.
There could be darker moments to come.
But for now there is a chink of light at the end of the tunnel and the right man is in charge of the team.
A split camp has emerged.
Those who believe it's all over despite games to play and those who feel there are more twists and turns in this farce of a season.
Where do you stand?