Michael Dawson was a picture of disappointment after Saturday's draw against Blackpool but insisted: "We'll give everything to win our last three games."
The skipper was at the centre of the incredible sequence of events that led to Blackpool taking the lead in the 76th minute of the Premier League encounter at the Lane.
Michael felt he was nudged in the back by Richard Evatt as he jumped for Charlie Adam's corner but clearly handled the ball to give away a penalty.
Adam's penalty was saved superbly by Heurelho Gomes, but the goalkeeper gave another spot-kick away immediately from the resulting corner. Adam made no mistake second time around.
Jermain Defoe drilled home a last-minute equaliser but we couldn't find the winner in six minutes of injury time.
We had many chances to go in front before the penalty incidents - six efforts at goal in the space of 10 minutes at the start of the second half - but we couldn't find the back of the net.
It was an opportunity missed after Everton had beaten Manchester City in a 3pm kick-off.
"We're all so disappointed after seeing the result at Goodison Park earlier in the day," said Michael.
"It was in our hands to go out and get a win and only be four points behind City going there on Tuesday.
"Everyone is hurting and I'm hurting even more after giving that penalty away.
"I got a nudge and as I fell, I threw my hands in the air and the ball hit my hand.
"When I heard the whistle I was praying that he was going to give a free-kick for the nudge, but then Gomes produced a world-class save and I thought I was off the hook.
"They had another corner and I just thought 'defend this and we're away' but they got another penalty and we were then on the back foot.
"JD scored a late goal and I really thought we'd do it (get another goal in injury time). Blackpool must have been nervous but we couldn't do it.
"We need three wins now if we're going to make that top-four spot. We've got a good record at City and we've got to try and get the three points there first and see where it takes us with Liverpool and Birmingham to follow. We'll give it our all.
"We were hoping to put the pressure on City and to get the three points, but it wasn't to be. We're all gutted."