Derby County boss Billy Davies insists they have enough quality in their squad to stay up this season.
The Rams, who won promotion last season through the Championship play-offs, are bottom of the table after eight games, but have played four of the top six.
"I'm confident that over time we will get better," Davies told BBC Sport.
"We will become more familiar with our surroundings and achieve what we have to achieve - which is consolidation."
"Not being detached from the rest of the Premier League was the most important target over the first 10 matches," added Davies. "That was a realistic and clear objective at the start of the season.
"I'm very happy we are still in the mix."