NIGEL Clough says his team still have a "glimmer of hope" of Championship survival after beating Derby County 3-1.
The Brewers go to fellow strugglers Sunderland on Saturday knowing that they will almost certainly need another win to keep up their hopes of staying in the Championship.
Clough said: "We have to win our last three games. You never know and strange things happen in football.
"We will take it one game at a time, try and win at Sunderland next week and see if the picture improves after that game.
"It's a big, big game as whoever loses might go. All we can do is try and win and take it another week. Our aim has been to make the others play - to get enough points so that other teams have to get something.
"We have a glimmer of hope and we said to the players all along that they could win their last four games. It might be that 12 points isn't enough but we are fighting."
Clough says that playing local rivals Derby probably helped Allbon end the long wait for a home win.
He said: "It was the one fixture that Derby probably didn't want - knowing that run has to end at some point - and I wish it wasn't Gary Rowett's team. I wish we had beaten another manager not his team.
"But it's shame we didn't get that win a few weeks ago as it might just be a case of running out of games."