Danny Guthrie says there is no reason why Newcastle can not mix it at the top of the Premier League.
A 1-0 win over QPR last weekend moved the Magpies into the top six, splitting Arsenal and Liverpool.
Few expected the form Alan Pardew's side have shown this season and, despite a wobble in the run up to Christmas, four wins in their last five games in all competitions have kept alive hopes of a top-six finish.
When asked if they can keep it up Guthrie said: "We are there now, so... We just look at it like that.
"We want to get to 40 points and then start looking up then take each game as it comes.
"We will be in February soon and still sixth, hopefully."
Competition for places in the squad is strong which Guthrie feels is a major factor in their form this season.
The midfielder added: "That's one of the reasons we are where we are, because the players who have been starting know the players who are not in the team can come in and keep the team winning.
"It gives everyone that bit of edge and competition that makes the great teams successful.
"I think it's the best mix we have had.
"We have got a bit of everything - we have got aggressive tacklers, sitters and ones who can score goals, so we have got a very good mix of players."
Guthrie is also excited by the arrival of Papiss Demba Cisse and can not wait to link up with the striker after the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 24-year-old said: "Any time there's a new signing, it's good. Obviously, we have spent a lot of money and the manager has put his faith in him.
"We have got a new number nine, so the fans will be happy."