Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye says it is imperative that the side records a win in the next two matches.
The Black Cats, who lost 2-1 to Chelsea on Sunday, have not saluted since January 19 and N'Diaye is eager to record maximum points in the Tyne-Wear derby with Newcastle United on Sunday or the home clash with Everton the following weekend.
"Everybody was disappointed because, as a minimum, we wanted to get a draw from the game," N'Diaye said in the Sunderland Echo.
"It's not good mentally for us to concede so early in the second half. We went into half-time 1-0 up, we had a corner and 30 seconds after, they'd scored a goal.
"It's very bad that things like that can happen.
"Every time we think we play well and fight, it doesn't matter. We need points.
"We've not won a game in two months and that's not good. It's not normal.
"Now we don't have a choice. We need to win games, against Newcastle and Everton."