This is about the point of the season when we're supposed to figure out which way the prevailing wind's blowing in a season, ahead of the run-in. We're no nearer to finding that at the Premier League table's summit, with Arsenal's implosion and Manchester United's surprising loss of two points muddying the waters. At the bottom, however, there was a definite sense of shift.
The first weekend of March may well be looked back on as a crucial one in the story of the season's relegation scrap. Sunderland's Sunday afternoon tumble at home to Manchester City might have been predictable (even bearing in mind City's rather chequered history of results at the Stadium of Light), but the other results felt like pieces clicking into place.
Leicester's win over Hull confirmed that the outgoing champions are up for the fight, as well as putting The Tigers' improvement under Marco Silva into perspective. Above them, Middlesbrough's comprehensive defeat at Stoke underlined just how much trouble they're in, especially having lost at Crystal Palace last week - with Palace leapfrogging the Teesiders out of the bottom three with a really impressive win at West Brom.
Palace and Swansea were the ones to make a point this weekend. With the former, it seems like the penny has finally dropped about just how much trouble they are (were?) in, while the Swans' ability to rise above major setbacks against Burnley suggested profound, rather than merely cosmetic, improvement.
On the other hand, it's difficult to make any case for at all for Sunderland. Hull have improved markedly since Silva arrived, but will find things tough unless they can find a way to pick up at least a few points on the road. Boro looked doomed unless there is a swift change of direction, with Aitor Karanka unsurprisingly the favourite to be the next coach sacked in the division.
Still, almost half of the division is theoretically in the mix. Burnley and Watford, both nine points clear of third-bottom, should just about feel safe (if only because it's hard to imagine Boro scoring again at this point), though winless runs of four and three games respectively might have caused the odd nerve to jangle.
Realistically, it's about the current bottom seven. None are yet condemned but nobody's safe either, with eight points a relatively modest gap between fourteenth-placed Bournemouth and Sunderland, who occupy last place. The mettle that Eddie Howe's side displayed at Old Trafford was admirable, but they still haven't won since New Year's Eve.
At least part of the answer as to whether more twists await or if things are going to stay as they are will arrive next weekend, when Swansea visit Hull - and Fernando Llorente's late winner against Burnley is a huge boost ahead of that, now compelling a Hull side six points behind them to go for it. Palace's tough run-in might also still play a part, but Saturday's match will be the relegation battle in microcosm. If Hull - and Boro - can't respond quickly, then it could be all over bar the shouting.
Arsenal itching for another chance
It's all been said about Arsenal's capitulation at Liverpool but what's important is that they get on with rectifying recent slips at quickly as possible. The problem? It's that it's a fortnight before they can do so, on a tricky away assignment at West Brom. They still have their Champions League qualification fate in their own hands but with Tottenham, Manchester United and Everton the opposition in three of their last four games, they need to rediscover their best forward fluency without delay.