Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes the team's excellent home record will help them to preserve their Premier League status.
Saturday's goalless draw at rock-bottom Derby County was only the third point the Wearsiders had secured on their travels this term, but they have won seven of their 13 games at the Stadium of Light.
Gordon said of the Pride Park stalemate: "It was always going to be close on Saturday because of the way it's gone for both sides.
"As a defence, we've kept our side of the bargain with the clean sheet and that at least is something to be happy with.
"But we felt we had the chances to win the game and we've come away disappointed not to have got the three points. It was a good opportunity to do that.
"The table is tighter again and a couple of the results made it even closer between a group of eight or nine of us in the bottom half of the table.
"We have a couple of tough games at home now, but with our home record and our crowd we have to have the belief that we can do well in these games."