Ben Watson has conceded Wigan are in serious trouble of relegation from the Barclays Premier League and must win nearly half of the remaining fixtures to be safe.
With 13 matches left, the Latics are 19th and just two points ahead of bottom club Wolves, who have a game in hand.
It is a perilous situation and Watson admits a drastic upturn in form is required.
They have won just four matches this season - a figure the midfielder thinks they must more than double between now and May.
He told the Evening Post: "We know we need to start winning games if we are to get out of trouble. There are only 13 games left, and we probably need five or six wins from somewhere. It'll be a tall order but that's got to be the aim.
"Every game from now on is going to be like a cup final, but it's a challenge we'll relish. It won't be easy but we'll take it one game at a time and we'll give it our best shot."