Rock bottom with just three wins from 20 games the dying Swans were on their way down.
But one defeat in nine games since Carvalhal took charge at Christmas and suddenly they look like they might just pull through.
Carvalhal said: “I wasn’t in the crematorium but the team was there! The car was ready to go. The funeral car was waiting.
“We were dead. When I arrived at my first press conference I remember the word everyone was using was ‘miracle’.
“We knew exactly what the situation was – we were dead. We were near to the crematorium. But suddenly we started breathing.”
Out of the bottom three on goal difference isn’t exactly safe ground but Carvalhal said: “We are still fighting.