Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Forshaw has called on his side to get back to winning ways and show their rivals they "mean business".
Boro have managed six points from their opening seven games of the season and Forshaw feels any "settling-in period" following last season's promotion is now over.
Middlesbrough host Watford on Sunday and Forshaw has urged his side to go for all three points against the Hornets as they bid to end a run of five Premier League games without a win.
“We’re always learning. For some of us, it’s our first time in the Premier League and we’re up against better quality,” Forshaw told the Teesside Gazette.
“But we can take a lot of positives from the games. I just think we need to be confident and believe that we deserve to be in the Premier League.
“Maybe we have to let the shackles off a little bit, puff our chests out and really make it clear that we know we deserve to be here.
“We’ve got the quality, we’ve got a great set of lads, and everything is in place for us to kick on. Maybe we need to be a bit more ruthless and a bit more confident in ourselves.
“The settling-in period is over now. We’ve had two international breaks and this is it. We’re fighting for points and we want to stay in the league.
“We just need to have confidence in ourselves and not be afraid to let everybody know we’re here and we mean business.”