But every single point in this demanding league is hard earned, especially in this part of the world against a Sean Dyche team, and there is now a fair bit of work to do to ensure the Hornets are playing Premier League football for a sixth successive season. It's all still very much in their own hands, though. It's just that life would have just been a bit less tense had the Hornets managed to carve out a point or three and open up a gap on those below them. C'est la vie.
It was shaky start from the Hornets, the sort you'd expect when you had a boisterous Turf Moor crowd on your back on a filthy day in the north west. But the Clarets, perhaps wounded by the going over they got at Man City on Monday night, found their motivation from within to fashion much the better chances in the first half. In fact, Ben Foster got a real sweat on in the first 25 minutes of his 150th appearance for the club.
He scrambled to make a save from Rodriguez and was then up, quick as a flash, to palm away the loose ball with the help of Étienne Capoue. The former England 'keeper then saw Josh Brownhill sneak in at the far post to send a back-post header wide, was relieved to see a Rodriguez header ruled out for offside, would have been pleased to the former West Brom man shoot straight at him from distance and then, in the same move, Matej Vydra hit the post and Craig Dawson cleared one off the line. It was hairy stuff indeed and the Hornets, if we are being honest, could easily have been two down by the drinks break.