David Pleat cut straight to the point after the defeat at Bolton by admitting: "We have to believe we're in a dogfight."
Saturday's 2-0 reverse at the Reebok Stadium made it one win in nine and although we're still six points clear of the bottom three, Portsmouth and Blackburn have turned the corner with recent results and closed right up.
"I think we have to believe we are in a dogfight," admitted acting boss David. "We've had a poor run and we've had a quirky season.
"We started poorly, then a good run, then a poor run, another good run and now a poor run again.
"It's been a strange sequence and it's not gone won, drawn, lost or that type of thing.
"We've had two poor sequences during the season and this one has come at a bad time.
"We have to stick together and a win would help us a lot. We've had a poor run and we are responsible for that run, no-one else."