Steve Bruce will be happy if his Sunderland team can scale the heights they did at Manchester United — as long as they do it for the next six months.
The Black Cats gave the reigning Premier League champions the scare of their lives a fortnight ago when only Anton Ferdinand's late own goal rescued a point for the hosts at Old Trafford.
The level of devastation within the Sunderland camp as they saw a famous victory slip from their grasp was a measure of their growing belief, and that will be tested once again today when Liverpool head for the Stadium of Light.
He said: “If you can go and win at Old Trafford, you can go and win anywhere. That would have given us a huge, huge boost, but it wasn't quite to be.
“We can still take heart from the performance and how we played — but the mark of a good team is can we keep repeating that, starting with Liverpool and for the next six months?
“If we can do that, then we have got the makings of a half-decent team.”