Wes Brown insists Rovers must not let their heads drop as they battle to climb up the league table.
The former England defender, who helped Sunderland secure their Premier League status in each of the last five seasons, was speaking after Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy clash with Oldham Athletic.
Brown believes that team spirit and togetherness can prove pivotal, as Rovers strive to start turning performances into points.
“In this league, from what I’ve seen up to now, it’s so tight,” said the 37-year-old summer signing.
“I’ve seen the higher teams getting beaten by the lower teams and we’ve just got to keep playing how we’re going.
“We just need to start scoring more goals and keeping some clean sheets.
“You just have to stay together and believe in each other. You can’t let your head go down and that’s the main thing about it.
“Once your head goes it can go a different way, so you’ve got to keep the team spirit together.”
On a personal note, Brown was pleased to get a run-out for the development squad after recovering from a knee injury and now hopes to force his way into Owen Coyle’s first team plans.
“It was a disappointing result in the end, but it was good to get 90 minutes under my belt,” said Brown after the 2-2 draw with Oldham, who went on to triumph in the post-match penalties.
“We’ll see what happens after the international break. I’m training, so we’ll just see how it goes.
“Of course it’s frustrating, but I’m not one to put my head down. I just keep on doing what I’m told to do and hopefully I can be back in the mix for selection.”