WHATEVER it takes.
That has been the consistent message from Newcastle Jets coach Craig Deans to his players over the past week, and if that has created a little friction on the training pitch, so be it.
"You can see there's a bit of niggle at training, which is really nice sometimes," Jets veteran Jason Hoffman said.
"It shows that the boys care and are desperate to turn it around and try and create a winning streak.
"What better time than at home on Easter Monday."
After five consecutive losses, the Jets host Western United at McDonald Jones Stadium, knowing that another defeat will earn them an unwanted place in club history, equalling the six-game losing streak at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
Newcastle finished that season as wooden spooners, an ignominy they have no desire to relive. Hence the ramping up of intensity from players at training as they strive to instil the "ruthless" mentality that Hoffman feels has been lacking,
"Western United are a good team, but we are a good side," he said.
"Regardless of the last five or six games, I still think that we can get ourselves out of this.
"We need to demand more from each other, and that's happened. In my opinion, we've gone up another level at training this week, where we're demanding more from each other.
"Sometimes boys don't get on, and they don't have to.
"You just have to make sure that you create an environment that's a competitive one and that we understand what it takes to win."
A veteran of 231 A-League games, Hoffman has experienced contrasting highs and lows during his time at Newcastle.
He is the sole survivor of their 2007-08 championship triumph and was also a regular in the 2017-18 grand final squad, but has also been a member of two Newcastle teams who finished in last place.
He has no doubt the Jets are a better team than they have shown in recent weeks.
"I'd be lying to say you don't look at the table," Hoffman said.
"Because the table normally doesn't lie ... it's embarrassing to sit second last. We have a good enough football team to play finals football.
"It is a cliche, but we have to go week by week, because we have to put all our energy and focus into getting a result on Monday against Western United.
"We'll do everything possible to make sure that we get the three points.
"Then we'll take it to the next game, and that's the way you get out of it."
Hoffman hopes Deans will consider reinstating him to the starting line-up, having returned from a groin injury in a brief cameo off the bench against Perth Glory nine days ago.
In the absence of injured skipper Nigel Boogaard, central defenders Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Lachlan Jackson face the daunting task of trying to contain the A-League's most prolific marksman, Besart Berisha, whose career tally of 141 A-League goals includes only two in Newcastle.