A run of ten league games without a win has dragged the Tigers into a relegation scrap, with Grant McCann’s side just three points above the drop zone in 18th place.
Following this weekend’s clash away at Stoke City, the Tigers host Charlton and Middlesbrough – with a trip to Birmingham City sandwiched in-between – ahead of the final international break of the season and the importance of the forthcoming fixtures is not lost on the on-loan Everton defender.
“It’s never nice to lose games – it’s the worst feeling in football,” he said. “We can’t afford to dwell on what has already happened though.
“We’ve got ten games left – with five of those against teams that are below us in the table.
“Everything is in our own hands over the next ten games but we know we need to pick up some positive results – and that has to start against Stoke on Saturday.
“It’s a big month for us coming up and hopefully we can capitalise on it. We’re going to need to show resilience, hard work – and we’re going to need to stick together.
“This group is united and we’re all very much in it together. We’ve seen that this week in training and now we just need to show that on the pitch.”
Looking ahead to the challenge of facing Michael O’Neill’s Stoke side at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday, Pennington continued: “It’s a big game and, after doing something a little bit different in our preparations by going to St George’s Park at the beginning of the week, everyone in the camp is ready.
“It’s a battle between two teams at the bottom end of the table. It’s going to scrappy and a case of fighting for every ball, so we all need to stand up and be counted.
“Ultimately, though, it’s going to be about which team can produce the moments of quality to win the game – and that has to be us!
“They may be below us in the table, but believe me when I say we need the win just as much as they do.
“They’re an experienced team, looking at their squad, but we know that we have to go there and start well.
“We need to keep a clean sheet as well because it gives us that platform to build on and gives us the best possible chance to come away with the three points that we all want so much.”