Sunderland defender Billy Jones says the squad are desperate to avoid piling more misery on the fans ahead of the next international break.
The north-east outfit remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table with just two points to show from their opening 10 games.
Boss David Moyes is under growing pressure to finally pick up a first win since taking charge over the summer, and some reports have suggested he could be sacked if they fail to beat Bournemouth next time out.
The Black Cats, who are priced at 1.30 to be relegated, are set to travel away to the Vitality Stadium this weekend before the international break.
Jones insists the squad are focused on trying to claim a first victory of the league campaign, as they look to give the fans something to feel positive about during the two weeks away from domestic football.
“I think every game before an international break is huge to be honest because it seems a long time before you play again,” said Jones ahead of the clash with the Cherries.
“Obviously you want to go into the break with a win and confidence, and a good feeling at the training ground and around the club before the next game comes around.
“It’s going to be a tough game, they are a really good team, obviously they have improved the squad again over the summer.
“They are very attack-minded at home it seems, but we know that if we can get a clean sheet we’ve got a great chance of winning.”