Newcastle defender Mike Williamson insists the Magpies can silence any talk of a 'mini-crisis' and revive their push for a European spot.
Alan Pardew's side are without a Premier League win in four attempts and have collected only two points from the last 12 on offer.
Nevertheless, they remain in sixth place, two points clear of closest chasers Liverpool, who narrowed the gap as a result of their 3-0 derby victory over Everton in midweek, 24 hours after Newcastle's narrow 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.
Williamson said: "People are going to look at that and, by the standards the boys have set earlier on in the season, they are going to start calling it a mini-crisis and things like that.
"But I just think in the last three or four games, the luck just hasn't been on our side.
"We have worked hard, we have put as much preparation and heart into the games and we just haven't had the rub of the green, with the other night and the penalty against Sunderland, 2-0 up against Wolves, things like that.
"We just haven't had that luck, but the lads have been working hard - that's what can turn it around, hard work, and that's what we have got in that dressing room."
Should Alan Pardew's men manage to secure a top-six finish, it could prove enough to book them a UEFA Europa League berth for the next campaign, and that would be a massive bonus at the end of their second year back in the top flight.
The fact they currently head Carling Cup winners Liverpool with just 10 games to go is a measure of how far the Magpies have come since they fought their way back into the Premier League at the end of the 2009-10 season, and Williamson admits he would readily have accepted that situation if offered it at the start of the campaign.
He said: "I think the whole club would have settled for that."
Newcastle host Norwich in the Premier League on Sunday and Williamson is wary of the threat posed by the top-flight newcomers, who have enjoyed an impressive campaign so far.
He said: "They have scored a lot of headed goals, Norwich, and they have got fantastic presence up there.
"But they have always got players who can play and make runs off the front, and they integrate well.
"You watch Norwich and you know what they are about. They are a very hard-working, disciplined side and the physical presence up front they have got - it wasn't just against that, they do that week in, week out.
"They try to get as many crosses into the box and create as many opportunities to score a goal as possible, and they have done that fantastically well this year, which is proved by where they are in the league."
What will the outcome be?