To start climbing up the table, the rookie side must beat the high-riding Cheetahs at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
The Kings are desperate to retain their Super 15 status and want to avoid a bitter promotion showdown against the Lions.
The Eastern Cape will be counting on massive home ground support to carry them to victory against a Cheetahs side who are on a high after beating the Reds 27-13 in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Hopes of a late Kings surge up the standings were rekindled when they beat the Highlanders 34-27 in their last outing.
Adding extra fuel to the fire in the Kings’ camp is that skipper Luke Watson is back to his best form and the team are refreshed after a bye weekend.
“That win over the Highlanders shows the character this team have and which we always knew they had,” Southern Kings chairman Cheeky Watson said.
“We absolutely can avoid that relegation game. Nothing is out of the window and we have the possibility of hitting the finishing line. The win over the Highlanders helped us tremendously.”
The Kings have 24 points from 11 matches and are six points adrift of the struggling Stormers, who have played the same number of matches.
The Sharks, who next face the high-flying Bulls, are third from bottom with 33 points, but have played a match more than the Kings and Stormers.
The Kings face a tough run-in to their campaign with five South African derby games, of which three will be played away from home. Their remaining matches are against Cheetahs (home), Stormers (away), Bulls (away), Stormers (home) and Sharks (away).
Picking up vital points in the hotly contested derby clashes will not be easy and the matches at Loftus Versfeld, Newlands and Kings Park will test their resolve.
Though they are bottom of the table, the Kings have won many admirers with their gutsy approach, which has seen them emerge as Super rugby’s most successful rookie team.
The win over Highlanders saw the Kings achieve the third victory of their maiden Super rugby season. On top of the wins, the Kings earned an away draw against the high-riding Brumbies.
This means they have out-performed the Western Force (one win, two draws in 2006) and the Melbourne Rebels (three wins, no draws in 2011) to become the most successful debutants in the history of the competition.