Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox says the team and fans must ensure they retain a sense of perspective following the 1-1 home draw with AFC Telford on Tuesday.
The Stags would have gone top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table but were denied victory by a late equaliser.
Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham: "This is Mansfield Town, not Manchester United - we're not going to win every match.
"It shows how far we've come that when we draw a game at home we're as disappointed as we are."
He added: "It shows the mentality at the club is spot on.
"I can't expect this group of players to be brilliant every game. If they are we'll win the league by Christmas."
The draw means Mansfield have lost just once in 10 league games this season and are fifth in the table with 19 points.
Cox, who was appointed at the end of last season, lost won and drew three of his opening four league matches but a run of five consecutive wins propelled them to just a point behind all of the top four sides.