Kevin Wilson lamented the ill discipline he believes cost his Ilkeston FC side at least a point at FC United on Saturday - but then signalled his belief that an elusive win is just around the corner.
The Robins are now four games without a victory following the 1-0 defeat at Gigg Lane, the last success being just before an enforced break due to the freezing weather on January 12.
But the United game saw a much better all round display from Ilkeston, leaving Wilson all the more frustrated at how the game was lost.
He said: “We’d played really well but I suddenly went from planning positive changes to try and win three points to instead trying to protect the one point we had at the time.
“That was due to a moment of ill discipline from our captain (Laurie Wilson) who shouldn’t have got involved in the fracas following Gary Ricketts’ tackle and, having already been booked, ended up being sent off.
“He’ll be dealt with internally for that, as I felt it upset our rhythm and we suffered greatly.
“But all in all it was a promising display. It’s hard to come away with nothing after playing so well but we have to take the numerous positives forward from the game and try and get back to winning ways as soon as possible.
“I’ve said it before but I’m convinced the ‘winter break’ came at totally the wrong time for us as it really disrupted our momentum when we were on a great run.
“But we have the quality in the squad to put it right, and with a lot of games coming up over the next few weeks we can really keep our play-off hopes alive if we’re able to gather any kind of momentum at all.”
The Robins head to old rivals Grantham Town on Saturday to face a side who have struggled all season since being promoted with Ilkeston nearly a year ago.
That will be followed by a visit from Nantwich Town on Monday night - the third time the sides have tried to play the fixture with the weather having intervened twice over the last eight weeks.
Wilson said: “Grantham have found it difficult since they changed managers but they got a good point at Frickley on Saturday.
“People may say we owe them one after what happened last season but we’re both very different units to then and we have very separate agendas now.
“Nantwich beat us 1-0 back in August in a game I felt we should have done better in.
“They had an excellent win at Worksop on Saturday so are more than capable of causing us problems.
“But I believe the play-offs are still a possibility for us and that could well be decided over the next five games.”
Laurie Wilson will be banned for two games after his red card at FC United because he has now reached ten yellow cards. The ban will begin on March 9.