Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has refused to throw in the towel just yet, despite his side looking highly likely to be relegated to the Championship.
Boro are five points adrift of safety following a dismal 4-1 thrashing at Bolton Wanderers at the weekend, with Southgate admitting that a victory over Hull City is now critical.
He told the club's official website: "We are going to have to win against Hull, there's no question about that.
"We need those three points. If we can get them, then things can turn very quickly.
"We're obviously running out of time in terms of saving the season, but while there's light, there's hope.
"The level of performance is going to be very important between now and the end of the season.
"We've got to do all we can to stay in this division. At the very least we need to restore some pride in our last seven games. We've got to deliver. We can't give empty promises and hope.
"We have to maintain a belief, because it's never over while it's mathematically possible and I am determined that we will keep fighting until there is no air left."