Everton captain Phil Neville admits the players have been obsessing over being in the dropzone.
The Toffees finally registered their first win of the season at Birmingham on Saturday thanks to an own goal from Roger Johnson and a late header by Tim Cahill in a 2-0 success.
Neville said: "It's been difficult because you speak to anyone and they say, 'Everton have the best squad in years'.
"We've said it, the manager has said it. We're playing good football, but we're at the bottom of the league.
"That's shamed us this week. We came off against Fulham last weekend slightly pleased by the way we had played to get a point.
"But we hit rock bottom and to be bottom of the league for a club like Everton and for some of the players in that dressing room was embarrassing and shameful.
"I must admit it's been talked about almost every minute of every day.
"We were bottom of the league and it was the kick up the backside we needed.
"We've also let the fans down. They have been deflated these last couple of weeks and we have as well.
"I think they saw us get our just rewards at Birmingham for the effort we put in."