"We’ve done something extraordinary; now we need to make sure we finish it."
Gus Poyet will set his side up in search of victory in their mission to secure top-flight survival when West Brom visit Wearside on Wednesday night (KO 7.45pm).
A draw against the Baggies would put the Black Cats three points ahead of 18th-placed Norwich with a game to play and a superior goal difference.
However, a win would mathematically settle the issue on the night - and that’s the aim for Poyet, whose side have pieced together a revival to take 10 points from their last four games.
The idea is not to play or start the game with a draw in our heads – not at all. We will go for the win first- Gus Poyet
“We will be playing to win,” he said. “As we always say, the result is a consequence of the performance.
“The idea is not to play or start the game with a draw in our heads – not at all. We will go for the win first.”
Wednesday evening’s visitors all but secured their Barclays Premier League status after Norwich drew 0-0 at Chelsea over the weekend.
But Poyet is wary of the pressure being somewhat taken off the Baggies, and says his side must continue to meet the standards they’ve set.
“It’s going to be a game where maybe West Brom are relaxed for the first time a while, but you never know if that’s a good or bad thing.
“Sometimes when teams relax they play better, or the opposite.
“We need to maintain the intensity, concentration and fighting spirit because we need points.
“We’re looking forward to the game; we’re ready, nothing has changed. We’re much better [off] than Friday and two weeks ago, so the idea is to continue with that.
“We’ve done something extraordinary; now we need to make sure we finish it.”