Danny Gabbidon has taken heart from West Ham's performance at Chelsea and believes they will avoid the drop.
The Hammers slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, returning them to the foot of the Premier League table.
They now sit two points from safety with four games of the season remaining.
Time is fast running out on their efforts to steer clear of trouble, with the vast majority of the campaign having been spent languishing inside the bottom three.
Gabbidon, though, insists confidence remains high around Upton Park and is convinced that hard work and self belief will see them safe.
The Wales international said after the weekend defeat at Chelsea: "If we play like that again, we'll get the points we need. We just need to show that kind of fight and performance in all aspects of the game.
"We worked hard, created some chances - which was good - and at times we played really well.
"Every game is a big game now. There is always going to be a little bit of fear there, but that is something we have to banish. We have to play with freedom, go out there and express ourselves."
England U21 international Freddie Sears was drafted back into the West Ham starting XI on Saturday and he hopes Avram Grant will give him further opportunities to aid the club's survival bid.
He said: "It was a good opportunity for me as I had not played for a long time.
"It's been frustrating. But we have four games to go and I want to play in all of them. I would be lying if I said I didn't.
"I feel that I have something to give. The gaffer knows what I can do and it would be nice to feel that I can help out."