Midfielder Kevin McBride insists Dundee remain united in the belief their fortunes will improve.
Barry Smith's men have lost nine of their 11 Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixtures to sit eight points adrift at the foot of the table.
Asked about morale at Dens Park, McBride said: "Surprisingly very good. The manager has stuck by us and everybody's stuck by him.
"Everybody's disappointed we're losing, but at the moment everybody's feeling good and we just need to start picking up points. All we need is that one win and hopefully we'll carry on from there."
Dundee's only previous win this season came against Saturday's opponents Hearts, on September 2. Two months on, with the Dark Blues attempting to avoid looking at the table, another victory is vital.
Speaking at a Tesco Bank Football Challenge event in Dundee, McBride added: "Hearts are a very good side, with a lot of young players coming through, but it's a home game for us - we've got to go and try to win it. We're feeling confident.
"I don't think a draw's enough in the situation we're in at the moment, even though it's early. You try and ignore it (the table), but people remind you of it. If we can get everybody fit, start getting points and climbing the table, you will see a different Dundee."
A foot injury has limited McBride's impact this term, but now he is back to full fitness and eager to help ease Dundee's plight.
"It's frustrating when you're out the length of time I was out, but that's me getting back into training and I played against Aberdeen," he said.
"If you're injured and the boys are winning it eases it a bit for you, because you're getting three points. But we weren't winning. It's more frustrating being injured and losing as well."
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