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Last updated : 05 April 2006 By Brian Cartlidge

Jarosik strikes to banish dark cloud over Blues

After revealing his concerns for Steve Bruce's health amid the pressures of a relegation battle, Sam Allardyce went a long way towards providing his closest friend in football with the perfect remedy last night. For the first time since October Birmingham City are out of the bottom three after they secured a victory that breathes new life into their ailing season. Hope has returned in these parts and Bruce, more than anyone, ought to feel liberated when he wakes up this morning. Guardian

Jarosik hands Bruce lifeline

Battling Birmingham climbed out of the Premiership relegation zone for the first time since October last night after getting the better of aspiring European campaigners Bolton Wanderers in a tense tussle at St Andrew's. Telegraph

Jarosik's cracker lifts Birmingham out of drop zone

Snow flurries dotted the sky around St Andrew's last night, yet at last there was a spring in Birmingham City's step. Jiri Jarosik's fine solo goal shortly before half-time lifted them out of the Premiership relegation zone for the first time since October, simultaneously denting Bolton Wanderers' hopes of finishing in the Champions' League places. Independent

Birmingham see route to safety

Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before discovering the way up. A fortnight since being humbled 7-0 at home by Liverpool, Birmingham City finally discovered a route out of the relegation zone of the Barclays Premiership last night, Jiri Jarosik scoring the goal that enabled Steve Bruce's team to follow up their laudable draw with Chelsea by climbing out of the bottom three for the first time since October. Times