Despite only one victory, Poyet’s men have fallen to just one defeat, and they head to the South Coast on Saturday to face off with high-fliers Southampton, who have registered four wins under new head coach Ronald Koeman.
A win would move Sunderland into the top 10, and central defender Wes Brown, who looks likely to feature following a return from injury, is keen to see the Black Cats consolidate their Premier League campaign with a top half finish.
Speaking to Chronicle Live, the veteran centre-back said: “Hopefully we can do better than mid-table.
“A couple more wins will push us on again and we can see from there.
“There’s a lot of teams in the same sort of situation.
“It might be like last season where everyone’s on similar points and it’s just that one team who can maybe get that bit of luck or a couple of goals. They push on and get to ninth or 10th place.
“That’s what we’re looking to do.”
Despite ending a top flight season above halfway only three times in the last half century, the 3-1 victory over Stoke prior to the international break gave the North Eastern side their first win of the season, and three points tomorrow will see them rise level on points with Brown’s former club Manchester United - potentially residing in the Champions League places. It promises a lot of success for this campaign, and Brown was delighted to register the first win of the season.
“It was one of the biggest things getting that first win,” he added.
“We walked off the pitch knowing there was an international break and we were happy with three points.
“It helps a lot. We’ve not played brilliantly or horribly, but to get that win puts it into perspective really.
“Before the Stoke game, we’d lost one and drawn the rest, we did need that win just to push us up.
“After that, it does look better. We can build on that.
“Without that win, we would have still been around the bottom, although we’d only lost one game.”