Habib Beye has urged his Newcastle team-mates to adopt Alan Shearer's winning mentality to hand the manager a first victory just when he needs it most.
The Magpies face derby rivals Middlesbrough at St James' Park on Monday night knowing a first three-point haul since February 7 would lift them above Hull on goal difference and out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with just two games to play.
They are equally well aware that the alternative is simply not an option, and Beye knows the time has come to deliver a maiden victory in six attempts for Shearer in what the manager last week described as the biggest game of his career.
The Senegal international found himself in direct competition with the now 38-year-old striker when Newcastle met Marseille in the 2004 UEFA Cup semi-final, and has revealed he has lost none of his will to win, even on the training pitch, during the ensuing years.
Beye said: "He is still strong, when he is playing with us in training, he is still really strong, and he is a winner. You can see when he plays all the small games sometimes with us, he is still a winner and he wants to win every game, and that's the mentality we must have.
"Maybe he has lost some pace, but he is still a good scorer every time. When I give him a good delivery, he scores. He has done a great job for us with [assistant] Iain Dowie. I believe we will stay in the Premier League and I hope for the club he will stay next year and bring something good for the next year."