Sunderland have struggled all season long but their recent victory over Norwich City has given them renewed hope in their fight against survival.
Sunderland's stand-in skipper Lee Cattermole has hailed the influence of three of his experienced team-mates, despite their absence from the first team of late.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he singled out John O'Shea, Wes Brown and Sebastian Larsson for praise, and explained how much of an influence they have been on the rest of his team:
"Sheasy, Wes and Seb Larsson - they've been the core of the team for the last three or four years and had a massive say in us staying up. They're still now rallying around the dressing room, which you wouldn't expect to see from lads who aren't playing. But I wouldn't expect to see anything else from them."
The Black Cats have a real fight on their hands if they are to avoid relegation to the Championship, but their victory over Norwich City last weekend made their task that little bit easier.
Cattermole spoke of the importance of the players who do miss out supporting the rest of the team:
"I've been the same this season; been left out the team, changing positions and you find yourself frustrated. But you've got to look away from yourself at times and think if the manager thinks it's the best thing for the team, then you have to follow him. We've got a lot of good professionals in the squad and it's important we can do this again and hopefully not find ourselves in this position again."
Sunderland host Champions League chasing Arsenal tomorrow, in a game of vital importance.
The Wearsiders have only lost one out of their last six Premier League games, but their inability to keep clean-sheets has prevented them from winning as many games as they would have liked.
With Norwich not playing until next weekend, tomorrow's match will be a great opportunity for Sunderland to climb out of the bottom three, and a win would take them two points clear of the Canaries.