Striker Dame N’Doye is confident Sunderland have what it takes to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.
The Black Cats are currently second from bottom of the standings, one point adrift of safety, but they have picked up four points from their last two matches with a draw against Liverpool and victory over Manchester United.
N’Doye, who joined Sunderland on loan from Turkish outfit Trabzonspor during the January transfer window, is convinced there is enough fight in the squad to avoid dropping into the Championship.
He said: “I believe (Sunderland will stay up) because of the atmosphere in the dressing room. The lads are very concentrated and they have a strong mind that they will stay up. That is very important.”
The Senegal international suffered relegation from the English top flight with Hull last season and so is desperate to avoid a repeat.
N’Doye added: “I don’t want to be relegated two seasons in a row. I did not want to be relegated at Hull, but now I have to forget about that and concentrate on this new challenge and keeping Sunderland up.”
Sunderland, who have successfully avoided the drop in each of the last three seasons, will be looking to boost their survival chances when they take on top-six hopefuls West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday.
The Black Cats are 4.50 to secure a victory in east London, while the Hammers are 1.80 and the draw is 3.60.