Sam Allardyce's men are currently sat just outside the bottom three in the Premier League.
The Black Cats realistically appear to be one of three sides that could join Aston Villa in being relegated to the second tier, but crucially have their destiny in their own hands as they sit above Newcastle and Norwich, and outside the relegation zone.
And the 25-year-old - who moved to the Stadium of Light from Bayern Munich during the January transfer window - suggested that picking up two victories from their remaining games should guarantee their safety.
"I think we need to win two of the last four games," he told the Shields Gazette.
"Newcastle have got three games left and it would be a wonder if they won all three of them.
"If we can get six points out of the last four games, we should be fine."
With a tricky trip to Stoke in their next game, and Watford on the final day, as well as home games against champions Chelsea and Everton, Sam Allardyce's men may not have expectations of which fixtures those two wins are going to come from.
Their goalless draw with Arsenal in their most recent game proved that they have the ability to take points off anyone in the league, so they will have plenty of confidence that four similar performances in the last weeks of the campaign will see them earn the results they need to make sure that they keep their heads above water.