Sam Sets 38 Point Target For Safety
Three teams, Sunderland, Newcastle and Norwich are locked on 24 points each with the Black Cats holding the slight advantage thanks to goal difference.
A draw at home to Crystal Palace lifted Sam's side out of the bottom three on Tuesday night and although Newcastle had the chance to put them back in the mire on Wednesday, they blew it by losing at Stoke City.
Sam's vision is a tall ask of Sunderland who would have to win five out of their final ten games to achieve the target, or the equivelent in draws and wins.
But Sam seems pretty confident that his side can do it and they would do themselves a big favour by getting something from the next two games at Southampton and Newcastle.
Big Sam told the club's official website: "It would be our best run of the season, putting together five wins in 10 games. It could be four wins, three draws, however we can get to 38 points, which is certainly, I think, going to be enough this year.
"I hope we can achieve it. If we can go on a miraculous run and achieve more, that would make life even more pleasurable for us coming towards the last few games.
"But I certainly think we are all going to be getting ready to bite our nails again. I think it is going to go right to the wire, so we will need to be biting our nails.
"I hope I`m wrong, but it looks like that is going to be the case and if that`s the case, if we can hold our nerve, I certainly think we have got the talent to get out of trouble."