Fabio Borini insists that Sunderland will go for the win in Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final at Manchester United.
The Black Cats will be looking to make their first major cup final in 22 years when they run out at Old Trafford for the second leg.
Gus Poyet has led Sunderland to something of a renaissance since the departure of Paolo Di Canio - the Uruguayan has claimed 17 of the club's 18 points since his arrival in early October - and a League Cup final would illustrate the drastic improvement perfectly.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has promised that his side will be ready on Wednesday, feeling that they were let down by officials for the decision to award a first-leg penalty that Borini subsequently converted at the Stadium of Light.
The Italian believes that United still possess the quality to pick their side off if Sunderland sit back on their 2-1 lead.
"We're not going there to lose, we're going there to win. If you try to get a draw, then the first thing that comes to your mind is to lose and that will happen," he told the Sunderland Echo.
"It's Man United. If you sit back, sooner or later they will score. They've got great players. We have to play our way to Wembley."
The 22-year-old, on loan from Liverpool, has four goals this season and admits to having a target in mind for the season, but is not willing to disclose it and put pressure on himself.
"I've set a goals target, but I'm not going to say it in the media!" he said. "I'm keeping that to myself and my mentor coach."