Mikael Forssell says Birmingham are ' hurting' at their league position and has given the team until the New Year to turn the corner.
The Finnish striker is experiencing a Premiership goal-drought that stretches back to April 2004 and has come in for criticism along with strike partners Emile Heskey and Walter Pandiani.
They have scored only three goals thus far and Forssell has hit the target on only two occasions - in the League Cup win at Scunthorpe.
Seven goals in 11 Premiership fixtures is a meagre return but it would be unfair to lay the blame at the feet of the forwards as chances have been at a premium.
Forssell's confidence took a further dent last week after he missed a penalty in the Carling Cup victory against Norwich but he has refused to duck the issue.
After missing virtually all of last season with a knee injury, Forssell knew it would take time to recover but he says he is not enjoying the club's plight.
He said: "It really does hurt us to be second from bottom and we don't want to be in this position. However, it is still early and we have to think positively.
"People are probably overreacting a little bit but I don't want to try to play down where we are in the league.
"If January comes and we are in the same position then you would be more concerned.
"We can turn it round, though, as a couple of wins will put us back in the ball game and then no one will remember this bad start."
Forssell says he is still adjusting to the lifestyle of a footballer once again after a protracted spell on the sidelines. His knee is standing up to the rigours of full-time training and competitive football once again; even though Everton climbed above Birmingham after their win at St Andrew's on Saturday, Forssell has no regrets about spurning their advances to sign for Steve Bruce in the summer.
He said: "This is the best club I could possibly be at to build myself back up again after being out for a year.
"I have been trying to achieve my fitness through playing games and I have been involved in loads of them.
"You have to get used to the life of a footballer again, which means travelling a lot and playing lots of games. And, after being out for such a long while, it takes time to adapt. The most important thing for me is that I am starting to get fit."
Meanwhile, the League Managers' Association has welcomed the Birmingham board's continual backing of Bruce and claimed that the club's stance is a refreshing one.
Birmingham's chairman David Gold and co-owner David Sullivan have said the club would not dismiss Bruce even if they were relegated.
LMA vice-chairman Frank Clark was encouraged by the attitude of Gold and Sullivan towards the manager, who led
the club to the top flight in
Clark said: "It's fantastic to hear. I can understand David Sullivan expressing his frustration and I can imagine everyone connected with the club is very frustrated, but to come out with words of support is a welcome change.
"Steve has done a terrific job at Birmingham and it is refreshing to see a board of directors looking long-term and not engaging in knee-jerk reactions.
"It's the simplest thing in the world when results aren't going well to say 'let's sack the manager' but it's a welcome change to see a board of directors who are prepared to look beyond that."
Blues, however, do not appear prepared to look beyond the embarrassment caused by Jermaine Pennent allegedly arriving drunk at training last Sunday morning. Although the club are not making any comment, it is understood the former Arsenal winger has been fined two weeks' wages.