The Magpies winger says supporters would now be happy with "ugly" victories as long as it meant points on the road to safety.
The Magpies suffered a hugely damaging 3-2 loss to fellow strugglers Norwich City on Saturday which has left them six points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand, with just seven matches remaining.
Rafael Benitez's side had chances to win the game at Carrow Road, and should certainly have come away with a point after Aleksandar Mitrovic's late equaliser, but they conceded in stoppage time to deepen their crisis.
Townsend, who has scored once in six appearances since making a £12 million January move from Tottenham Hotspur, insists that the squad have the right attitude to make it to safety but must start winning no matter how they perform.
The 24-year-old told NUTV, as quoted by the Chronicle: "Everyone can see that the battling spirit is there. We didn’t get the result we wanted in the last minute but I think now we need to go one better than battling spirit - we need to get points, even if we don’t play well.
"Even if we’re playing ugly, we need to get three points and at the moment, three points is the be-all and end-all.
"I’m sure the fans would be happy would be happy with an ugly 1-0 or an ugly 2-1 in the last minute, so we’re looking to give the travelling support something to cheer so we can go to the three games at home into a high, and looking to catch up to the teams above us.”
That defeat left Newcastle with five losses and a draw from their last six matches, and with no away victory in eight matches since a shock win against Spurs at White Hart Lane on 13 December.
Benitez's side are on their travels again this weekend, making the long trip south to face Southampton at St. Mary's on Saturday before hosting Swansea City the following week.