The Reds have won only one five of their 20 league games on the road this season and are just one point above the drop zone.
The midfielder told Forest's official website: "We know what we've got to do and we can't let ourselves rely on others, but if we can win our games, because of the teams we've still got to play, it's still in our own hands.
"We know teams are going to go on bad runs but we can't afford to hope that other teams do that. We've got to make sure we leave it in our own hands like we did last year and go on a good run like we did after the terrible display at Doncaster.
"We've got to make sure we're a lot stronger away from home, especially in the horrible games like the Watfords and the Burnleys and we need to do that when we go to Barnsley and Blackpool - two massive games for us.
"We've got to make sure we're ready to do the scrappy things and win the battle before we show our qualities."