Prior to John Sheridan's arrival at Boundary Park on 16th January, Oldham Athletic were 23rd in Sky Bet League 1 and six points from safety.
Just over three months on and, after a run of results that includes a seven-match unbeaten streak, the Latics have risen to 17th place, six points above Blackpool who occupy the final relegation spot.
Sheridan is the club's third manager this season with Darren Kelly starting the season in the dugout before being replaced by David Dunn in September 2015.
He was at the helm for four months before Sheridan stepped down from his role at Newport County to take charge of the Latics for a second time.
Despite the fact 51 points has been enough to secure safety in the last 10 seasons, the manager says there is still work to be done ahead of the weekend game against already-relegated Crewe Alexandra.
“It puts us in a great position but there is still three games to go and we can still be caught.
“We make ground and we have gained points on other teams so other teams have got to win two or three games to catch us and there is not long left."
Results under Sheridan
16/01/2016: Bradford City (A) - Lost 1-0
23/01/2016: Bury (H) - Lost 1-0
26/01/2016: Shrewsbury Town (A)- Won 1-0
13/02/2016: Wigan Athletic (A) - Drew 0-0
16/02/2016: Blackpool (A) - Drew 0-0
20/02/2016: Gillingham (H) - Won 2-1
23/02/2016: Peterborough United (A)- Won 2-1
27/02/2016: Scunthorpe United (A) - Drew 1-1
01/03/2016: Port Vale (H) - Drew 1-1
12/03/2016: Sheffield United (A) - Lost 3-0
15/03/2016: Blackpool (H) - Won 1-0
19/03/2016: Rochdale (H) - Lost 3-2
26/03/2016: Burton Albion (A) - Drew 0-0
28/03/2016: Chesterfield (H) - Won 1-0
05/04/2016: Swindon Town (H) - Won 2-0
09/04/2016: Walsall (H) - Won 1-0
12/04/2016: Barnsley (A) - Lost 2-1
16/04/2016: Fleetwood Town (A) - Drew 1-1
19/04/2016: Southend United (A) - Won 1-0
Last time out
Oldham go into this weekend's home fixture against Crewe after an important win over Southend United at Roots Hall during the week.
Curtis Main struck his fourth goal in five games to clinch a 1-0 victory in Essex to propel the Latics beyond the magic 50-point mark.
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