Defender Steve Gohouri admits Wigan's Boxing Day trip to Wolves is a 'must-win' game.
The Ivory Coast international insists the Latics must kickstart their campaign with nothing less than a win at Molineux.
Both clubs remain rooted in the Premier League relegation zone going into the game on Sunday afternoon.
Roberto Martinez's side are without a victory since the visit of West Brom six weeks ago, but three points could send them out of the bottom three if results go their way.
However, Gohouri claims the clash against Mick McCarthy's men will not be easy following an improvement in their home form and expects to be up for the fight.
He told the Evening Post: "It's such a big game against Wolves. And we have to win. That's it.
"We just have to win, and it doesn't matter how we go about it - but we must win.
"I really don't care how bad we play as long as we get the three points, because that is the most important thing for us in the position we are in.
"We know we're in the bottom three but, against a team like Wolves who are competing with us in the league, we have to pick up points. We have to.
"I know we have Arsenal up next, but all we are thinking about is Wolves - which is the biggest game of the season so far for us.
"People will be expecting a tough, physical game.
"But sometimes you just need to go into a game and not focus too much on how you are going to play and just try to win."