Fabio Borini has told the Sunderland Echo that he is determined to improve after netting his first goal of the season.
Borini joined the Black Cats from Liverpool in the summer transfer window, but he has not made the desired impact so far.
The Italian forward has looked off the pace during his initial appearances this term, but he got on the score-sheet in a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
And Borini is now hoping that goal can be the turning point for his campaign.
“Obviously the result is the one that counts, but my first goal is important after all the hard work I’ve done in the past few months and the bad things that happened last season,” he said.
“Hopefully this is the first of many.”
Borini has proved that he can score goals at Sunderland before, during a loan spell in 2013/14.
However, he has shown a lack of confidence throughout the campaign so far, after being starved of opportunities at Liverpool last year.
However, Sunderland will be relying on Borini to start hitting the back of the net more often as they are in dire need of goals.
The Black Cats are five points away from safety and they have lost their last three Premier League matches.