For Tottenham Hotspur, March was the month their season rested on. With fixtures against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool (plus the last 16 of the Europa League), Tim Sherwood and his team had the opportunities to establish their credentials as one of the division's strongest in the hunt for Champions League football.
An exit from Europe and three Premier League defeats later, hopes of a top-four finish are hinging on a near-perfect finish to the season, and for Everton and Arsenal to slip up later.
Sunderland's visit to White Hart Lane is not to be underestimated, what with former Spurs player Gus Poyet's side desperate for points in their bid to avoid relegation. Still, it is the first of six remaining fixtures Spurs will feel more confident of winning than some of their recent matches.
"We’ve six games remaining and they are all cup finals," Sherwood told Tottenham's Twitter page. "It’s important for pride and for the fans."
Speaking to the club's official website, Emmanuel Adebayor echoed the sentiment:
You know, if we had 10 games left, I would say let’s try to win them all. So the target is to win all six games. It won’t be easy. We have to give everything, to play with heart, defend well, attack well and believe we can do it.
We have great players here, we just have to put it together as a team, work for each other and that’s the way we can start winning games.
As for who will be in the starting line-up for this renewed push to the season's finish line, we begin with Sherwood's potential selections in goal and defence...