Danny Higginbotham is confident Stoke will secure their top-flight status after helping them to the brink of Premier League survival.
The Potters left-back has played through the pain barrier in recent weeks, helping the side pick up seven points from their last three games.
The 30-year-old may now need surgery to fix his back problem, which would rule him out of the final five games.
Stoke have opened up an eight-point gap between themselves and the drop zone but Higginbotham insists the Potters will not be assuming that is enough for safety.
"There is no complacency," he told the Sentinel. "We don't have lads like that who will get carried away.
"Until we are 100 per cent safe, we won't start thinking like that.
"Getting mathematically safe is the first target. Then you can build and get as many points as you can and see how high up you can finish."
Danny Pugh is set to come in for Saturday's trip to Fulham as Higginbotham finally resigns himself to taking a well-earned rest.
"I get paid to play football so I don't want to miss games, but there comes a time when you have to give it a bit of a rest," Higginbotham added.
"It is uncomfortable and can affect other parts of your body as well, but if you can play on you do."