Craig Gardner claims Birmingham's Carling Cup success would 'count for nothing' if the club were to go down.
The Blues sprang a surprise at Wembley in February when they saw off Arsenal 2-1 to claim the first piece of silverware in the 2010/11 campaign.
They have, however, had little time to reflect on those heroics, with performances in the Premier League having fallen short of the required level.
Victory over Bolton last time out came as a welcome relief, following a four-match winless run, with a much-needed three-point haul helping to lift them out of the drop zone.
The Blues continue to look anxiously over their shoulder, though, with just two points keeping them clear of the Premier League trapdoor.
Gardner admits steering clear of trouble has always been the priority for Birmingham this term, with it impossible to claim the season has been a success if a standing among England's elite is not preserved.
"We've won a trophy but, if you go down, it counts for nothing," said the midfielder.
"If you win a trophy and stay up, it's probably one of the best seasons you're going to have in football.
"We need to make sure we do that and keep fighting and we've got the right characters here.
"You can see the fire in the eyes of everyone in the dressing room. The lads want it and the gaffer [Alex McLeish] wants it."