Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp was "more relieved than delighted" with his side's 4-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Once again, the Westphalians had to come from behind to win and restore their seven-point cushion over second-placed Mainz at the top of the table, but Klopp admitted it had been a nervy game for him on the sidelines.
"I was only really relieved after we made it 4-1," he admitted.
"It was 2-1 for a long time and Gladbach were always a threat. In the end, we are more relieved than delighted about this win."
Dortmund currently lead defending champions Bayern Munich by 14 points while a win over Nurnberg next Sunday would ensure they head into 2011 at the top of the pile irrespective of how Mainz and third-placed Bayer Leverkusen fare.
However, Klopp is still refusing to mention the title, or the Meisterschaft - the 'M' word.
"It is not as if we are scared of the 'M' word, but we are not using it like others are," he told ZDF television.
Yet even a reserved Klopp realises that his side are having a phenomenal season.
"We are delighted about having 37 points after 14 games," he said.
"I was never relegated with Mainz with so many points."