Newcastle have been on a good recent run that has taken them out of the drop zone.
Borini was part of the side that pulled off a miraculous escape from the drop two seasons ago.
Kone has been impressive since his arrival at Sunderland, and relishes the battle to stay in the Premier League.
Townsend says it now do or die for the club in their battle to avoid the drop.
Sunderland have led going into the closing stages against both Southampton and Newcastle, but have failed to get over the line.
Sunderland, Newcastle and Norwich are locked on 24 points, with the next side ahead of them Swansea - six points clear.
Newcastle could move out of the bottom three against Stoke tonight.
Kone was tracked by Allardyce when the Sunderland boss was at West Ham.
Newcastle followed their win over West Ham with a defeat to Watford.
Sunderland have only drawn three games in the league this season.