"If we win it, and we have to, a bit of a gap will develop between us and the bottom three. If we get three points we are almost there," said the striker, who is beginning to blossom on Teesside after his £2m move from Arsenal last summer.
"We were in a difficult position a few weeks ago," he continued, "and a few people were saying we were destined to go down, but we have proved those people wrong. We have been fighting for each other and there is a real team spirit at the club. We are determined to stay up for the manager and the fans. We have worked hard for each other as a team and slowly, bit by bit, we have started to climb the table. We haven't lost since January 1 [at home to Everton]."