Chris Basham says the players owe it to boss Chris Wilder and the supporters to produce a big performance against Aston Villa on Saturday.
And Basham says the Blades will go to Villa Park with a positive mindset, despite suffering three consecutive defeats, the last of which came at Preston on Saturday.
He remarked: "We're missing key players that's apparent, but it's an opportunity for others to stake a claim for a regular place in the team.
"It's not an excuse though and we're letting ourselves away from home at the moment.
"The manager has said we're not at it and it's down to us to get ourselves out of this hole we find ourselves in."
Basham added: "We've had some massive highs, but we're over 20 games and it's up to us to keep looking upwards, not over our shoulders.
"We've got a winning mentality, we want to be successful and it's down to us to kick on and make the most of the excellent start we made.
"We will go to Villa Park with confidence and look to get a result that lifts us above them in the table."