Notre Dame came into Thursday night's game against Cincinnati "poor and hungry," according to Irish coach Mike Brey.
After an 83-65 victory over the Bearcats, the Irish are no longer hungry.
"We were starving for this win," Irish forward Tyrone Nash said. "It was a great win. We just need to try to keep this going."
Notre Dame (16-7, 5-5 Big East) may not be hunger, but at .500, the Irish are still "poor" in the league.
The Irish are bunched with six teams hovering at or a game over or under .500.
Notre Dame's spot in the league and the need for more quality wins to reach the NCAA tournament has turned up the intensity for each game.
And while the Irish are going into every game with the exhausting mentality that it is a must win and their backs are against the wall, Nash said the team can handle it.
"It is tough, but we are tough mentally," Nash said. "Guys have tough mentalities here. We are capable of doing that. If we just stay focused, keep that physical edge in practice, it will show in the games."