David Moyes' team have only prevented Swansea from scoring thus far in this campaign, but have been successful in front of goal, scoring 14 times.
"We just need to be consistent and keep scoring goals," said Distin, speaking to the Liverpool Echo.
"Yes we want to be more settled at the back but if we're much more defensive, do we risk scoring less goals? That's the question. Can you have both?
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The Frenchman also expressed a need of variation in tactics when facing different types of opposition and praised the link-up play on the left between Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar.
He continued: "We're going to have to try and find different ways to play.
"Sometimes we're going to be able to try and play a bit like Barcelona, and I got stick for saying that before.
"But I really believe that sometimes we do play some really good football. I'm not saying it's for the whole game but in spells it's amazing when Bainsey and Pienaar link-up."
Despite their lack of clean sheets, the 34-year-old feels the defensive unit are unfairly criticised as all 20 teams in the league carry a threat up front, making it difficult for defenders to come out on top in the modern game.
He added: "We've conceded a few lately but we're still doing OK at the back. People only remember the last goal we conceded or the one before, but you have to look at the whole picture and how many the opposition conceded too.
"You play against top strikers. Look at Wigan – not a massive club with a lot of money but we still came up against two good strikers. That's the same week in, week out. It's not just City, United and Chelsea."