Avram Grant believes Kieron Dyer could be the man to help steer West Ham away from danger.
The Hammers continue to prop up the Premier League table, two points adrift at the foot and three from safety.
They are, however, welcoming back injury victims at regular intervals and have shown over recent weeks that they are better than results suggest.
Among those to have returned to the fold is Dyer, who came off the bench for the final seven minutes of Saturday's 2-2 draw with Birmingham.
Grant believes a player of his considerable talent and experience could prove invaluable over the coming weeks, but accepts that the injury-plagued 31-year-old needs to be handled with care.
"Kieron is good," he told the club's official website.
"He hasn't trained a lot but he felt better. I am sure he will help us as he looked good again.
"All the games he has played this season, he has done well, but he had only trained twice before the match so we needed to manage him."
Grant admits he was disappointed to see a two-goal lead slip at St Andrews, but believes the Hammers are taking steps in the right direction.
He added: "I am concerned we let two goals slip but I prefer to look at the positives.
"We played good football, we scored two good goals. What I want from now on is to continue to play our football like in the last two months.
"We will turn the corner. Sometimes, when you are at the bottom of the league, you might think the mentality is not good but we are playing good football and the results will come.
"We just need to continue doing the right things."