Kieran Richardson has backed Sunderland's character and fighting spirit to save them from relegation this season.
The ex-Manchester United man struck twice to inspire his side to a priceless victory over Portsmouth at the Stadium of Light at the weekend.
The 23-year-old deservedly grabbed the headlines for his brilliant individual display - and after a four month injury set-back Richardson is delighted to be back playing, and confident of surviving the drop this season.
"The spirit has never been bad and everyone around the place is always buzzing," he said.
"We've got a great manager and great supporters and if we stick together we'll be fine."
Richardson's first-team opportunities were limited at Old Trafford and the midfielder admits his spell in Manchester was a frustrating one.
"I didn't get as many chances as I liked with Manchester United but that's the end of that chapter and it's a new one now and hopefully I can progress on," he said.
Black Cats boss Roy Keane still harbours ambitions of winning the league.
Ambitious you may think - however as the Irishman explains, there is more to the Premier League than meets the eye.
"There's three mini-tables and it is important we win our league," said Keane.
"We've got back up there and we're still in touch. But it's going to be tough and we've got some important games coming up."