That term is often thrown around with not much weight behind it at this stage of the season, but anything less than three points for Barnsley this weekend would consign them to relegation and League One football next season.
They are currently four points adrift of safety with just two games remaining and, while a point could leave them within three of Birmingham City, their goal difference is the worst in the league and effectively adds another point to that deficit.
Indeed, even a win may not be enough for the Tykes as their fate is in the hands of Birmingham, who could effectively relegate all of the bottom three with a victory over Leeds United.
That scenario would also require other results to go against Barnsley, but with a season finale against high-flying Queens Park Rangers in the offing, the likelihood of them overturning the four-point gap is slim.
A run of one win in six has done Danny Wilson's side no favours in the battle against the drop, and they could even go into Saturday's match bottom of the league should Yeovil Town pull off a surprise victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday.
Curiously, Barnsley have been better away from home than they have at Oakwell in recent weeks, with three wins from their last five matches on the road.
Middlesbrough, meanwhile, are now mathematically unable to reach the playoffs this season, although lack of consistency throughout the campaign has long suggested that would be the case.
The aim for the final two matches of the season will be to overhaul Watford in 12th and secure a top-half finish, and six points from six is a distinct possibility with the league's bottom two clubs left to play.
However, they lost back-to-back games over the Easter period and have played a game more than the Hornets, who are two points above Aitor Karanka's side.
Last Saturday's defeat at the hands of Millwall was just their second in their last 12 matches at the Riverside, a run that stretches back to mid-December.
However, with relatively little left to fight for, Karanka faces a tough task in getting his side up for a match against a team who simply have to win.
Possible starting lineups
Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos; Varga, Woodgate, Omeruo, Friend; Chalobah, Butterfield; Adomah, Tomlin, Williams; Graham
Barnsley: Steele; Cranie, Mvoto, Nyatanga, Kennedy; McCourt, Cywka, Dawson, Lawrence, Jennings; O'Grady
Sports Mole says: 2-0