Jack Colback has backed Sunderland to bounce back from their 4-0 defeat at Everton as they look to finish in the top eight.
Sunderland slumped to a heavy defeat at Goodison Park on Easter Monday to see them drop out of the top half of the table.
The Black Cats play host to Wolves this weekend and Colback is confident they will respond in the right manner following the humbling on Merseyside.
"We've bounced back well before. You never want to have a game like yesterday or put in a performance like that," Colback told the Shields Gazette.
"But we have shown the character to come back before and do well in the next game, and that's what we'll be looking to do.
"We're certainly looking to finish top eight, and with the run of games coming up, it'll give us a chance.
"We've got to look to Saturday and put in a better performance than yesterday.
"We've had a few games like that where we've won three or 4-0.
"When you're on the ascendancy like that, it's great and everything seems to come off.
Colback also rejected suggestions that tiredness may have played a part in the below-par showing at Goodison Park.
"I don't think tiredness is an excuse because it's the same for every team up and down the country and the same for every player," added Colback.
"We had a tough game on Saturday, but that's part and parcel of football.
"There were a few tired legs, but it was no excuse for the performance."