The Black Cats have a wretched record of starting poorly over the last five seasons.
The Black Cats have an awful record over the last five years, with slow starts to the season becoming a regular occurrence.
They are without a win in August since 2010, and each season has seen them having to battle against relegation as a result.
They are keen to avoid a similar set of circumstances this year as they look to move away from being regular relegation battlers.
And Defoe says they must star the upcoming campaign flying out of the blocks if that is to become a reality.
“We need to make sure we’re flying out of the block because if you make sure you’re fit the football and quality takes care of itself,” he told the Chronicle.
Whether Sunderland can enjoy such a start next season remains to be seen, given the uncertainty at present.
Manager Sam Allardyce is looking increasingly likely to leave for the England job, with the bookmakers making him the favourite for the role after he held talks with the FA earlier this month.
Should he depart that is likely to leave the Black Cats in turmoil once again and seriously dent their hopes of breaking their August duck.