Defender Emmerson Boyce admits Wigan's losing streak needs to come to an end before it is too late.
The Latics have now lost eight Premier League games in a row and are rooted to the foot of the table with just one win all season.
They lost 3-1 to Wolves on Sunday and take on Blackburn Rovers in another key clash after the international break.
Roberto Martinez's job is coming under scrutiny and Chairman Dave Whelan last week said that he would not let his friendship get in the way of sacking the Wigan boss.
Martinez has also stated that he would not walk away from the club after guiding them to safety last season.
But Boyce knows that relegation is a real threat even though they have only completed a quarter of the Premier League campaign.
He told the Wigan Evening Post: "We desperately need to work out how to start scoring some goals, keeping clean sheets and picking up points, before it's too late.
"It's going to be hard for us to pull that gap back, but we have to do so starting against Blackburn in a fortnight.
"It's a challenge for us, but it's one we're up for. We have to be.
"(The Wolves defeat was) hard to take. We can moan that the result isn't fair, but Wolves took their chances and we didn't. That was the difference."