Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has no doubt his side will bounce back from their poor start following a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham.
Ryan Mason's second-half strike at the Stadium of Light was enough to see Spurs grab their first victory of the Premier League season and ensure the Black Cats remain without a win at the foot of the table.
Despite picking up just two points from their opening five games, Advocaat feels the squad is moving in the right direction and expects them to start picking up points soon.
"I said to the players, 'If the fans are proud of you when you lose a game, but you give everything, it can only be better'," the Dutch manager told the Daily Mail.
"And believe me, if we play the way we played today and give everything, the points will come because that's football.
"The way we played, I have not seen many games from us that we have played this way, this system and attacking-wise and the spirit in the team, the passing – that's a little bit the way I like, and now we need a few more goals at the right time."