Motherwell manager Stuart McCall admitted his side were "second best" after watching them go down 3-0 at home against St Johnstone.
"From one to 11, not one of us won an individual battle," McCall told BBC Scotland. "Throughought the entire team, we lost every battle going.
"We were poor in possession. Movement wasn't good enough.
"Take nothing away from St Johnstone. Disappointing goals obviously. The second goal killed us off completely."
McCall is relieved Motherwell have a midweek match on the horizon, with Hibernian visiting Fir Park in the Scottish Communities League Cup.
"It's all about character - we'll be back to the grind tomorrow," added McCall.
"When you've had a poor performance like that, you need to get back out there and thankfully we've got a game on Tuesday night at home and we need to show character, first and foremost.
"We need to battle and scrap and show the desire to win football games rather than just playing pretty, passing football because sometimes that's not good enough to win football matches."