David Moyes admits his record as Sunderland boss so far is "damning" after they reached Halloween with just two points.
The Black Cats were thrashed 4-1 at home by Arsenal on Saturday - their eighth defeat of the season - and they remain winless from their opening 10 games.
Moyes has overseen their worst start to a Premier League season since they were promoted in 2007, and he said: "It's damning, I agree.
"It does make me feel lousy, and I do. I don't feel good about it but you've got to take it. I probably spend Saturday night, and quite often, in a darkened room somewhere.
"Sunday gets a wee bit better, but not much, and hopefully by the time Monday morning comes, you are ready to go again.
"You've got to get it out of the system and you are up and running again. And I'll do that again on Monday."
Moyes is understood to have an excellent relationship with Sunderland's new chief executive Martin Bain and says he does not feel pressure over his job.
"We need results to show that things are going in the right direction," he said. "Everybody is judging by results. I don't feel that pressure from the people I work with."
Sunderland are seven points adrift of 17th-placed Stoke, who host 19th-placed Swansea on Monday night. Moyes takes his men to Bournemouth on Saturday.