David Moyes hopes Sunderland’s EFL Cup run can help spark an upturn of fortunes in the Premier League.
Sunderland are second bottom and without a win after the opening five games of the league campaign.
But last night’s 2-1 win over QPR at Loftus Road in the third round of the EFL Cup has at least given the Black Cats something to build on ahead of a crucial double header at the Stadium of Light.
Crystal Palace visit on Saturday followed by West Bromwich Albion seven days later.
Moyes said: “Every club needs to win. We need it as much as anybody.
“We wanted to get a bit of momentum going. I hope its’ the start of a run of games to get us to the Cup final, but also a bit of belief, getting that winning feeling around the club, a bit of confidence.
“It would have been a difficult game for most teams, coming here. So it was a good result.
“We need to go into the next few games with the confidence to show what we can do, and play better.
“We’re a bit short on experienced forwards. We played a 17-year-old [Joel Asoro], and Duncan Watmore who can do a bit.
“And we caused real problems with their pace and energy.
“It won’t change our season, but it’s a good win, gets us in the next round, and I’ll use it to get the supporters with us in the next few home games and move up the league.”
Sunderland fell behind to a Sandro strike in the 60th minute but a Paddy McNair brace saw Sunderland come back to progress to the next round.
Moyes was pleased with the character shown by his side.
He added: “The character has shown a lot in most of the games.
“Maybe not Everton for a while, but the players have been resilient, competed really hard.
“But I’d like us to be more aggressive in our play. Not always taking the bullets. But Spurs, Everton, Man City.
“There were bits of play I liked, and we have to use that as a positive to build on.”