Charlie Adam insists Stoke will not lose their nerve after sliding into a relegation dogfight.
Stoke are sitting in a precarious position in the Premier League, just three points above the drop-zone after Saturday's 3-1 defeat by drop rivals Aston Villa.
Tony Pulis' men have won just one of their last 13 games, but midfielder Adam has urged his team-mates not to panic as they try to drag themselves to safety.
"I don't feel the tension," said the midfielder.
"At the end of the day, when you are playing at a club like this, playing in the Premier League, you need to be able to handle the pressure.
"If you can't handle the pressure it is difficult to be a footballer.
"For us it is about who can handle it in the coming weeks. It is going to be a few interesting weeks coming up.
"We are looking forward to it because it is a good challenge."
Adam can fully understand the frustrations of the fans who booed the team at the Britannia Stadium.
"Of course I can. At the end of the day you don't want to see your team where they are," he said.
"As a group of players we don't want to be there but it is just not happening for us in the latter part of the season.
"It is only us that can change it, nobody else. We are the ones in control on the pitch. It is up to us now to get out of it."