Fun can boost Newcastle Falcons' form - Ashley Wells
Newcastle Falcons prop Ashley Wells says enjoyment and happiness within the squad are essential if the club are to climb the Premiership table.
Falcons, who host fellow strugglers Worcester Warriors at Kingston Park on Friday night, are bottom of the division with one win from seven games.
"You play the game to win and enjoy," Wells told BBC Newcastle. "If you're not having fun, there's no point.
"There are obstacles but if you're optimistic any obstacle can be broken."
The former Griquas player added: "We have got to put our heads down, go forward and be positive."
Wells, 25, was a new arrival to the Falcons during the summer and has yet to experience a Premiership relegation battle.
However it has become an annual struggle for supporters on Tyneside, with dramatic escapes from the drop in the last two seasons.
In 2010 Falcons, under Steve Bates, edged Mike Ruddock's Worcester into the Championship, despite losing 13-0 at Sixways that campaign.
Meanwhile last season it took a second-half fightback from Northampton against Leeds on the final day of the campaign to consign Neil Back's side to the drop and spare Newcastle's blushes.
Friday's encounter takes on extra significance even this early into the season, given the five-point gap between the two clubs at the foot of the table.
"It's a bit of test match," added Wells.
"I don't know the guys at all from the opposition team, but just in the Premiership as we lie at the bottom of the log, we want to impress our supporters and do our community proud, lift up the Newcastle name.
"It's very important and we want to show our fans some winning ways."