Sam Allardyce's men face a crucial battle towards the bottom of the Premier League on Saturday.
Jermain Defoe has explained that the prospect of people who work for Sunderland losing their jobs is one of the main reasons that he is so determined to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League, the Daily Mail reports.
Sam Allardyce's men go into the final six games of the season inside the bottom three in the Premier League, and face a massive game against Norwich on Saturday. The Canaries sit just above the drop-zone and could extend their advantage over their opponents to seven points should they win at Carrow Road.
But Defoe has suggested that the possibility of staff losing their jobs if the club go down is making him desperate to ensure that his side pull off another astonishing escape.
"At the stadium... if you look at the upper tier then next season that would probably be closed so those people who work up there will probably lose their jobs," he told the Mail.
"And what do those people then do? I am not sure all players think on that sort of level.
"The lads know we need to perform and that we need to stay in the league. We need to do it for ourselves and the club and fans... but we need to do it for the people here in the offices and things."
With Sunderland boasting a game in hand over Alex Neil's side, it is fair to say that even a point would not be a terrible result as long as they take advantage of the extra game they have left.
And while most will say that a defeat would practically send them down, many members of the club's squad will know all too well that until it is mathematically decided, nothing is impossible.
While Leicester's escape took many of the plaudits last season, Sunderland have developed a reputation for dramatic recoveries in the final weeks of the campaign over the past few years, and with Allardyce at the helm and the 33-year-old still in fine goalscoring form, it would perhaps not be a surprise if they managed to pull it off again.