Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare says anything could still happen this season. Photo: Xinhua/Jon Buckle

LEICESTER – Craig Shakespeare has refused to declare Leicester's survival battle won despite leading his team into the top half of the Premier League table.

Shakespeare's team moved to 10th place after a 2-0 victory against Sunderland on Tuesday that left beleaguered Black Cats boss David Moyes looking doomed to relegation.

The triumph extended Shakespeare's winning run at the start of his Premier League management career to five games and took the Foxes to nine points above the bottom three.

But Shakespeare, who replaced the sacked Claudio Ranieri, refused to accept the job of staving off relegation is complete.

"No, I am still not going to say that because I think we are never quite sure if other teams are capable of going on good runs," he said.

"I have been in football for long enough to know anything can happen.

"We have to make sure we stay focused and move onto the next one.

"We have to make sure we prepare for Sunday at Everton because that'll be another big test for us.

"We have to make sure we're ready for each football match.

"That's my job. We have to be competitive in every game but the idea is to try to win it and that's what we'll do until the end of the season."

Shakespeare admitted that his start to life at the helm had exceeded his own expectations, with his Midas touch extending to inspirational substitutions against Sunderland.

He made a double change, bringing on Marc Albrighton and Islam Slimani, and seven minutes later the pair combined for the opening goal before Albrighton teed up Jamie Vardy for the second.

"It doesn't feel easy, especially on the sideline," said Shakespeare.

"I've never felt really comfortable until the final whistle, so no, it doesn't feel easy.

"When I saw the games in front of me, starting against Liverpool, I couldn't have imagined this.

"I am really pleased with the impact of the substitutions because that is what you make them for."