Birmingham ended a six-game winless run in the Championship on Saturday afternoon when they managed to overcome Barnsley, running out 2-1 winners in front of their own supporters at St Andrew’s.
Onel Hernandez and Scott Hogan did the damage for the Blues, with Victor Adeboyejo’s late effort proving to be just a consolation for Barnsley, and the result moved Lee Bowyer’s side 11 points clear of the bottom three.
Birmingham are actually only five points behind 11th-placed Sheffield United, but they have played 27 league matches this season, with a number of sides ahead of them having games in hand.
The Blues have won eight, drawn seven and lost 12 of their 27 Championship fixtures this season to collect 31 points, and they will now end the month with back-to-back league games against Peterborough and Derby County.
Birmingham suffered a 3-0 defeat when they travelled to Peterborough for the reverse match earlier this season, but this match will be the first time that they have locked horns at St Andrew’s since September 2012, with the home side running out 1-0 winners on that occasion.
Peterborough, meanwhile, will enter the contest off the back of a 3-0 defeat at West Brom on Saturday, which made it three straight losses in the second tier of English football.
Darren Ferguson’s side have not been victorious since overcoming Millwall on December 11, losing 3-1 at Blackpool and 4-1 at home to Coventry City ahead of the three-goal reverse at the Hawthorns last time out.
Peterborough, who finished second in League One last season, have only picked up 19 points from their 25 league matches this term, which has left them in 22nd position in the table.
The Posh are only three points behind 21st-placed Reading, though, and have two games in hand on the Royals, so the away side still have plenty of matches and indeed time to escape the bottom three.
Ferguson’s team have struggled on their travels this season, though, winning one and losing 12 of their 13 away matches, while Birmingham have picked up 18 points from their 13 home fixtures this term