West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists the Baggies have a duty to Sunderland’s relegation rivals not to roll over.
Albion go to the Stadium of Light on Saturday firmly in mid-table and in little danger of being dragged into any scrap at the bottom.
A draw would take them to the recognised safety mark of 40 points with six games left.
Sunderland are two points from safety with main relegation rivals Norwich and Newcastle playing each other at Carrow Road.
And Pulis dismissed any fears the Baggies, who are 11th in the Barclays Premier League, will lose the edge which has seen them climb 13 points away from the drop zone.
“I’ve been in the game long enough and understand that when you get to a certain number of points the pressure relaxes and calms a little bit,” he told a press conference.
“We need to have that edge about us. It’s maintaining that edge and we’ve got to do that.
“The important thing is the lads recognise with the games left, most of the games are important – if not for us, for other teams as well.
“We have a responsibility to everybody to make sure we turn up and have a right go.
“I still think you need to get to that magical 40 points. If we get to that as quickly as we can we’re okay and then push on from there.
“We have different targets that we’ve set ourselves and would like to achieve and that’s important.”
Stephane Sessegnon will be assessed after international duty with Benin while Callum McManaman may return after six weeks out with an ankle injury. James Morrison is closing in on a comeback following a hamstring issue while Chris Brunt (knee) is out.
“The internationals have all come back, the only one we haven’t seen is Sess,” Pulis added.
“We haven’t seen him so we don’t know what state he’s in.”