We should probably make a rule not even to think about other teams' results until Betis have at least got off the bottom of the table, but it's true that at this moment salvation remains eight improbable points away. On the other hand, the good thing about the current situation is that at least five other teams are in serious trouble -and most of them are playing a lot worse than Betis. A win at Elche next week would really put the cat among the pigeons - but it's worth remembering that we haven't won away in the league for very nearly a year.
You can read an English translation of Gaby Calderón's post-match thoughts here but here's some more reflections on yesterday's fantastically entertaining afternoon...
l If we accept that Betis have improved out of all recognition since Calderón arrived, it's probably time to give the man some credit. It's true that he got a bit lucky in that Adán, N'Daiye and Baptistao all landed in Seville at around the same time, but he's worked wonders to improve the squad's collective mindset - and that might be the real key to his success. It's noticeable, for instance, that he's been able to involve every fit player at some stage, plus a handful of canteranos from Betis B. While Juan Carlos Garrido made it quite clear which players he didn't rate - leaving Cedrick out of every squad, for example - Calderón has bent over backwards to be fair the whole lot of them, even giving long-time exile Braian Rodríguez a chance. The players report that while they never got along with Garrido, Calderón is as likeable as Pepe Mel - which is high praise indeed.
l Talking of amiability, everyone was happy for Leo Baptistao that he was able to score his first goal for Betis yesterday. By all accounts the 21-year-old Brazilian is a funny, outgoing young man who's already a firm favourite with his (relatively) new team-mates. More important from a Betis point of view, he's starting to form a very promising partnership with Rubén Castro - which is one reason why the team are giving their opponents' defences so much more problems than they were a month ago.
l Fans' forums have also been full of praise today for Alfred N'Diaye, who seems to be able to get from one end of the pitch to the other in about three strides, but in the stands yesterday the warmest applause was possibly for Jordi Figueras and Dídac Vila. Yes, you read that right - two of the most criticised players of the season. But one of the things I like most about Béticos is how desperate they are for their players to do well, which means the sudden improvement of both Catalan defenders has seen a complete turn-around in their standings with the fans.
l The Día de la Mujer Bética was clearly an overwhelming success, with, as you can see from the video below and the pictures (from Manquepierda.com), thousands of women taking advantage of €5 tickets. I doubt if any gathering of 30,000 in southern Spain could ever be described as racially diverse, but in terms of some other other demographics - gender, age, class - it was about as mixed as a European football crowd is every likely to get. And that's just as central to what Betis is all about as any number of Rubén Castro goals or Antonio Adán saves.
l But of all the 30,264 present, one 10-year-old girl was the undoubted star. (Read Friday's story if you don't know what I'm talking about.) Yudit Romero met Rubén Castro before the game, watched from the directors' box and had the victory dedicated to her by Gaby Calderón. And when the Supporters of Gol Sur were running through their chorus of Hola Gol Norte, Hola Fondo, etc, they tacked on a coda: "Hola Yudit..."