Graham Potter is keen for his Brighton side to follow in the footsteps of Champions League-chasers West Ham, insisting ‘anything is possible’ in the Premier League.
The Seagulls have secured their safety after Fulham joined West Brom and Sheffield United in being relegated.
A strong seas0n run-in could see them overtake the likes of Newcastle and Burnley and get closer to the mid-table spots.
Speaking about whether it was important for Brighton to celebrate their survival, Potter said: “I think so. Don’t get me wrong, we are not dancing around but I think we can be happy.
“Otherwise what is the point to a certain extent? We can be happy, we can be proud that we can stay stay in the Premier League because a lot of teams can’t do it and don’t do it and the competition is so ferocious.
“We are still frustrated a little bit and we can still improve but at the same time we can be happy to be there again.”
Brighton welcome David Moyes‘ West Ham to the Amex Stadium on Saturday evening.
The London side could secure European football for next term after an impressive campaign.
When asked about their upcoming opponents, Potter said: “West Ham have invested a lot of money over a period of time.
“It is credit to David that he has stabilised things last year and then improved again with a talented group of players.
“It is football so anything is possible but this year we try to focus on trying to finish this season off, having a break and recovery and then going again and trying to improve – that is the key.
“I have such respect for the league and respect for the opposition.
“There are probably six, seven or eight teams but for the rest it (survival) should always be the first point of call, get there and then think what else you can achieve.
“For us, what I try to do is look at the likelihood of us maintaining our performance level, I’m positive and I am excited for the future but always you have to start with the same humility and respect for the Premier League.”