Obafemi Martins admits Newcastle face a nervous run-in as they attempt to secure their top flight status.
The Magpies currently occupy 17th spot in the Premier League table, precariously perched just above the drop zone on goal difference.
They have just 10 games in which to climb away from trouble, starting with Saturday's crunch meeting with fellow strugglers Hull City.
Unsurprisingly, the tension around St James' Park has reached breaking point, with strike ace Martins revealing that the pressure surrounding the club is beginning to take its toll on the players.
"I am anxious and that's not just me, but all the team. I have never been relegated," said the Nigerian international.
"When I came to Newcastle from Inter I came to enjoy myself playing good football. I never thought this team could get relegated because there are many good players here.
"But, since I've been here it's been very difficult and now we are fourth from bottom. Everybody is not exactly scared because we still have 10 games left but everyone is looking at each other and saying 'something is not right'.
"We have not been playing very well and not winning so we are worried. We need a win to give us confidence."
Almost three years have passed since Glenn Roeder tempted Martins to Tyneside, with the African ace having played under four different managers since then.
He has struggled for consistency throughout his time in England, with injuries hindering his progress, and he admits that he is unsure as to where his future will lie next term.
"It depends on the owner (Mike Ashley), and which players are here," he said.