Cologne - says he has every faith that a Borussia Dortmund side chock-full of potential can dig themselves out of their domestic rut before the year's out.

In an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com, the Gabon international discussed how die Schwarz-Gelben must improve if they're to get back to where they belong in the upper echelons of the Bundesliga - starting with Sunday's Battle of the Borussias at home to Mönchengladbach.

bundesliga.com: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, does the 4-1 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League give you a boost for the upcoming game against Borussia Mönchengladbach?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: We'll soon find out, but we have to play with the same drive and carefreeness like we did last time out in the Champions League. We're well aware how tough a test awaits us. We try to tackle every game like the one against Galatasaray. We've come close to winning games or picking up points in the league like in the game in Munich [against FC Bayern on Matchday 10].

bundesliga.com: Do you know how important the game against Mönchengladbach is?

Aubameyang: Absolutely. We know that we have to end this barren run and that a win would do us good psychologically. We also know about Gladbach's strengths. They're not at the top end of the table for no reason. Maybe this time there won't be much expected of us. Hopefully that way we'll be able to spring a surprise.

bundesliga.com: How do you get round the current situation in the Bundesliga?

Aubameyang: We have to keep our cool and continue to believe in ourselves. Obviously it's not a fun position to be in, but we have to get out of it quickly. Every single one of us has to give it everything and show a reaction. It's difficult. Seven points on the board is nowhere near enough, but we've shown in the Champions League - and at times in the Bundesliga - that we've got massive potential and we really shouldn't be down in 17th. Unfortunately we're either missing the necessary end product or the aggressiveness in the tackle. Something's missing, but I'm sure we'll find it again. We have to break the cycle. It's about time we won again in the Bundesliga.

bundesliga.com Do you still believe BVB will fulfil the remit of qualifying for the Champions League?

Aubameyang: Right now it's hard to imagine, but the season's still young. First we have to distance ourselves from the relegation zone as quickly as possible and then it's about winning as many games as we can. After that, maybe we'll start talking about those sort of objectives again.

bundesliga.com: On the subject of objectives: Where do BVB need to be in the table at the winter break for the club to be able to say they've turned a corner?

Aubameyang: Preferably, we'll start by beating Mönchengladbach so that we go into the international break on a positive note. Then we'll have to do everything in our power to go on a run and win as many games as possible before Christmas. There's no doubt we have the potential to do it. And who knows? Maybe by the end of December we'll be in the top half. That'd be a massive step forward in itself.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was talking to Alexis Menuge