Chris Hughton admits his only aim this season is to keep his Brighton side out of the bottom three in the Premier League.
The Seagulls face Bournemouth on Friday and, after beating West Brom 3-1 last Saturday, they will climb into the top ten if they can win at the Fitness First Stadium.
The Cherries have lost their first four fixtures and are 7/4 to be relegated this term while Eddie Howe's team can be backed at 12/5 to draw Friday's match.
Hughton said: "Certainly for us the most important thing is to make sure we are out of that bottom three.
"We know and expect it to be a tough season, that's normal. There will be lots of ups and downs and probably more than the table will be how we react to defeats, poor performances, and go again to try to pick up a good result.
"The four games we've played so far, I feel we've been right in them. That's probably the most important thing for me at this moment."
Before beating the Baggies, Brighton had lost 2-0 at home to Manchester City, drawn 0-0 with Watford and been defeated 2-0 at Leicester City.
Callum Wilson remains sidelined for Bournemouth following knee surgery while Junior Stanislas and Ryan Fraser are doubtful because of groin and ankle injuries respectively.
The Seagulls will be without Steve Sidwell, Sam Baldock and Beram Kayal but Bruno Saltor, Gaetan Bong and Izzy Brown are in contention to feature.