DeAndre Yedlin has told Sunderland's official site, that he felt the team's performance on his first Premier League start was a good one.
Yedlin made his first 90 minute appearance in England's top-flight for the Black Cats in their 2-2 draw with West Ham United last weekend, and he was impressed by his teammates' performances.
Although Sunderland weren't able to get the win, the Tottenham Hotspur loanee believes that there was plenty to be encouraged by in the fixture.
"We needed to be positive and it showed,” he said. “Everybody had great energy and a great spirit about them. If we carry that on then things will start to work in our favour.
“We showed what we are capable of in the first half. In that first 40 minutes we can put teams away quickly and if we can continue that then we’ll be okay this year."
Sunderland have not won a Premier League game to date, and they will have few better opportunities than they did against West Ham.
The North East outfit led 2-0 in the fixture, but they threw their advantage away and could only claim a point in the end.
The draw led to Dick Advocaat resigning, and Sunderland are now looking for a new manager to guide them to safety.
As things stand, the Wearsiders are five points away from safety, with their next game coming against West Bromwich Albion in two Saturdays' time.