Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has told the club's official site that he has seen enough determination from his squad in training to suggest that they can stay up.
Advocaat believes that Sunderland have made improvements in the past two weeks and he insists that his squad's character cannot be questioned.
The experienced Dutch boss says that his players have raised their efforts this week and he is very positive about their chances of survival.
"We are improving, I can see that in training, from the way they train and work," he said. "I have a good feeling.
"I cannot complain about the way they train. They give everything and the commitment is there. That is all that I can ask."
Sunderland will need to show these improvements when they take to the field this weekend against Stoke City.
The Black Cats were beaten 4-1 by Crystal Palace in their last fixture and there is still a lot of frustration being felt around the Stadium of Light after that defeat.
Sunderland have had two weeks to rectify any faults from that game, though, and Advocaat's message that they have shown improvements in training is an encouraging one.
At the moment the Wearsiders are one point above the relegation zone, but a defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday could see them fall into the bottom three, so it is imperative that they get a result.