Sunderland are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
But since Tuesday night, Allardyce has demonstrated his softer side, trying to instil confidence into a team whose upturn in performances haven’t translated into wins.
He added: “I tell the players that they’re good enough and I think they are.
“I wouldn’t tell them that if I didn’t think it, I’d just try and manipulate the team as best I can to get results.
“But since the New Year, they’ve got enough in their locker to get out of trouble.