Boss Chris Hughton believes Albion have demonstrated they can stay in the Premier League.

But he has targeted a comfort zone before a stiff finish to the season.

The Seagulls have risen to 13th following their first win of 2018 against West Ham at the Amex, three points clear of the relegation zone.

Hughton said: "I'll tell you what happens as a manager, you have good days and you have bad days.

"You go through spells where you think, 'This is going to be tough', and then you're encouraged. That's normal.

"We need to continue to show what we've shown. I think we've shown enough this season that we can stay in this division but we're going to go through a period which is a pressure period and it will be the teams that work better under that type of pressure that will make sure and stay clear of it."

Hughton is pleased with the four-point haul so far from a key run of fixtures with fellow strugglers after drawing at Southampton and beating West Ham at the Amex.

The sequence continues at Stoke on Saturday and at home to Swansea a fortnight later.

He said: "They're big games for obvious reasons, because of the teams that we're playing against and points that they've got."

The Seagulls end with a visit from Spurs, trip to Burnley, Manchester United in the last home game and Liverpool at Anfield on the final day.

Hughton said: "You should never be fearful of any game but they are, in particular, very difficult games and, yes, we would like to be in a good position before then."