James Ward-Prowse has called on Southampton to get their European qualification hopes back on track after two successive defeats.
The Saints were embroiled in a battle for fifth position in the Premier League after an impressive run of five wins and a draw during which they did not concede a goal.
However, a late 2-1 defeat against Chelsea at St Mary’s last Saturday was followed up by a disappointing 2-0 loss at Bournemouth on Tuesday.
The defeats, coupled with wins for Manchester United, West Ham, Liverpool and Stoke, has left them down in ninth position, seven points off the top five.
The positive for Ronald Koeman’s side is fourth-placed Manchester City’s recent three-game run of defeats means a Champions League place is very much still within grasp as they are level on 47 points with Manchester United.
Therefore Ward-Prowse wants a return to winning ways this weekend when they host struggling Sunderland at St Mary’s.
He said: “We’ve got to make sure we are back on track. We’ve had experience of this before.
“We know what it takes to get into that position in the league come the end of the season, so we have to make sure we do everything right in training and put right the things that went wrong against Bournemouth.
“I couldn’t tell you mathematically the points we will need for Europe, I’m not too sure.
“But we’ve just got to – I know it is a cliche to say – take each game as it comes. Right now the focus is on the weekend, making sure that we put things right.”