Jermain Defoe believes Sunderland will be fine this season - provided they all stick together.
David Moyes takes his Sunderland side to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm) in search of the first league win of the season.
The Black Cats are bottom, with hosts Stoke second-bottom after a winless start to their campaign.
Looking ahead to the game, Defoe said: "There are some good characters here and whenever new players come in, you have got to try to get them involved in the group.
"That (lack of spirit) is not the problem.
"It has always been good and at the end of the day, you have to remain positive because the games are so important.
"Every game is so difficult, home or away, compared to when I first started.
"It is important that the whole team sticks together, like we did last season towards the end, then you will be fine."
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Meanwhile, Sunderland are set to be busy in the January transfer market.
And we have identified five players that the Black Cats could look to sign when the window opens at the turn of the year.
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And finally, Manchester United loanee Adnan Januzaj has provided an injury update.
The 21-year-old winger, who is on a season-long loan at the Stadium of Light, was ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury at the end of September.
He suffered the injury in the 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.
He has taken to social media to update supporters, tweeting he was "getting there" with a video showing him working his way back to fitness in the gym. On Instagram he said he would be "back soon".