Sherwood was boosted by his side's reaction to recent criticism and insists a Champions League spot is still not out of the equation despite sitting four points behind bitter rivals Arsenal.
He said: "We are still in there with a chance of top four.
"I am proud of my record so far. I think we have done all right. It has been hard, you know, I've had to keep my discipline and dignity and pride and just get on with the job.
"I think the boys know that I criticise them but I also praise them. There is no point in just giving them pats on the back."