Sunderlands John Mensah is hoping Sunderland can overcome a recent run if bad form and kick on to European qualification.
The Wearsiders have lost three Premier League games on the bounce, and have slipped behind Liverpool into seventh in the league.
The top 6 places will guarantee European football next season, with the top four qualifying for the Champions League.
Whilst the Champions League may be a step too far for Sunderland, sixth place remains a realistic possibility.
“It is not good to lose three games in a row,” Mensah said when speaking to the Evening Chronicle.
“Normally Sunderland always win at home and then draw away.
“It is difficult to take, but we have to keep our minds together and keep working hard. I believe we can get our form back.
“I am still confident we can finish in the top six, we just have to keep working hard.”
With the FA Cup set to take centre stage this weekend, Sunderland will have gone two weeks without a game by the time they travel to Everton on 26th February.
Mensah admits that is far from ideal, with there no immediate opportunity to make amends for the recent slump, but is confident that the Black Cats are playing well enough to suggest that a reversal in fortune is on the cards at Goodison Park.
“It was very disappointing because we were determined to get three points before the break,” said the Ghana defender on the defeat to Spurs.
“Things did not work out and you have to put some of that down to bad luck. The way we played, we deserved to win the game.
“Spurs took the victory and now we have to focus on the next game.”