The situation looked grim back at the start of November when Stoke had picked up just eight points from their first 15 games.
But 30 from their next 20 – the seventh best record in the Championship in that time – has hauled them out of the bottom three… but only just.
And it is a right royal scrap down there with nine teams still living nervously – and another three awaiting the results of Financial Fair Play investigations.
We have set up our prediction widget so you can work out who is staying up and who will be dusting off their League One A-Z for 2020/21.
So who is going down?