Jack Colback believes he is equipped to help Sunderland stop the rot after his loan spell at Ipswich.
The Black Cats are in freefall having lost eight of their last nine and they would really be in the relegation mire if they lose at home to Wigan on Saturday.
Colback made his first league start for Sunderland in last week's 2-0 defeat at Birmingham and despite being a Premier League rookie, he insists he can handle the pressure.
The 21-year-old midfielder endured a similar slump while on loan at Ipswich earlier this season so now feels battle-hardened for a potential relegation scrap.
"It was hard for me to enjoy at Birmingham because we got beat. It isn't a game I could really say I'll remember but thinking about it afterwards, it's good to get that monkey off my back," he told the Northern Echo.
"I've finally started a game and I hope I've proved to people I can handle myself in the Premier League. I'm embracing it. You can't go in with any fear.
"If you do, you're going to make mistakes as you play. I have experienced this before.
"Down at Ipswich at the start of last season we went 15 games without a win and it was experience I needed, looking back.
"It was a relief when we finally got the win. If I'd only ever been through the good times with no bad, it would have hit me hard. Everyone will come through this better than before."
Colback also spent last season on loan at Ipswich and despite his tender years, he stresses that many players younger than himself have proved they can handle life at the top.
"You are born with the character to come through it," he said. "Everyone deals with the uncertainty differently - some find it raises their games, others don't.
"But it is a time for everyone to raise their games, stand up, pull your sleeves up and not be scared to do the things we've been doing all season.
"Age doesn't matter when it comes to dealing with this sort of pressure. 21 is quite old in football anyway - look at your Rooneys and the rest, they've been to a World Cup by that age. That is football, there is pressure and you have to deal with it."
A Wigan victory would put them one point behind Sunderland but Colback insists the Black Cats remain in high spirits.
"It is a really good set of lads in the dressing room with plenty of ability and we have to stay confident," he added.
"We haven't turned into a bad team overnight. A month-and-a-half ago we were sixth and flying.
"You can't put your finger on the run of results - if we could we would have changed it, you've just got to look forward to the next game, hope the crowd get behind us and move on from there."