Steve Bruce is convinced victory over Wigan could turn Sunderland's season around as they battle to end a dismal run of results.
The Black Cats entertain Bruce's former club knowing extending a run of 10 Barclays Premier League games without a victory could plunge them into relegation trouble, something which would have been unthinkable just a few months ago.
Sunderland have collected just four from a possible 30 points since the day they confirmed their impressive start to the campaign with a home victory over Arsenal on November 21 and they now sit just three points clear of the drop zone.
Bruce, who nevertheless enjoys the continued support of the Wearside hierarchy, admits times are tough but is confident redemption is at hand.
He said: "It's not easy, the situation, but I do think you do become a better manager if you survive it and I am absolutely convinced we can get the right result and turn our season around again. We are getting to the nitty-gritty party of the season and I am very, very confident we can get a win and we can turn it around.
"However, it must come quickly, there's no hiding from that. Just like we had a wonderful start, we have had a dismal run and we have got to address it and hopefully get the victory which will send everyone on their way."