Danny Rose says his team-mate Erik Lamela was "disgusted" at the suggestion Tottenham could yet miss out on the top four but insists he still refuses to believe Spurs can win the title.
Rose scored the winner as Mauricio Pochettino's side came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 on Sunday- a victory that moves them three points ahead of Arsenal and reduces the gap behind Premier League leaders Leicester back to two.
Spurs showed the sort of resilience at White Hart Lane from which champions are made and with 11 games to go they are the form team in the title race, having won their last six league matches on the bounce.
The run has helped Tottenham open up a 10-point gap between themselves and fifth-placed Manchester United, but Rose remains reluctant to think about anything other than Champions League qualification.
"I refuse to believe," the 25-year-old said. "I'd like to believe we can, but I don't want to think that.
"Before the Manchester City game (2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on February 14), I was having dinner with Lamela and I was still asking him if he reckoned we can finish top four.
"I've never seen someone look at me with such disgust. He said, 'My friend, we can win the league'.
"I realise the position we are in but I don't want to get too carried away. Games like the one Leicester had (on Saturday, when they beat Norwich 1-0), scoring in the last minute, you never know, it could be a pivotal moment for them.
"Come the end of the season I hope me scoring against Swansea can be a pivotal moment for Tottenham this season."