Haha, let the pressure in, it would/will feel great if/when it's relieved!
I've decided to look at it as seeing where we are after each round of fixture.
Having to win another 5 games in a row seems a heavy task; but if we break it down it seems easier. For instance even a draw tonight would see us in 4th with 4 games to go.
I think you're right. People keep talking about needing to win our last 5 games, or needing to put 12 wins in a row together. That seems incredibly daunting, when put like that.
We have to look at the games as discrete units. We have two games at home this week against teams that we have comfortably outperformed this season in the league. We have an exceptional home record, and we are arguably at our most confident all season. These two games are opportunities for us, not burdens.
And then if we win them, we only have 3 games left in the season, 2 of which are against teams that have very little to play for. A lot of Soton players will definitely be thinking about the World Cup, and even possible moves next season. Rodriguez's injury might well have heightened that. It would be completely natural for the edge to have gone from their game. And the same with Hull, and the cup final. Players will be wanting to avoid injury at all costs.
And then City, again it's at home, and it's against a team we've done very well against in recent years. Nothing to fear there.