Paul Tisdale says his Exeter City side are as good as they can be despite lying second-from-bottom in League One.
An Exeter player has not scored a goal for five matches.
"I think at the moment we're as good as we can be, it's just that's the way things are at the moment," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.
"They'll be easily turned around with one or two improvements to our game," he added, after his side lost 3-0 at Sheffield Wednesday.
"That's not to say that we're going to be bottom three or bottom four all season, it's just that's where we are this first quarter of the season," Tisdale continued.
But Tisdale felt it was not the toughest point in his career as manager at St James Park.
"Of course it's very challenging or testing, but is that more testing than the pressure to get out of the Conference?
"Is it my most testing time? Probably not, but it's not one I'm enjoying too much."
With striker John O'Flynn back in training, and making his first appearance of the season against the Owls as a substitute, Tisdale has decided not to extend the loan spell of QPR front man Rowan Vine.
"I'm hoping people don't expect too much of him (O'Flynn), he hasn't played a match for five months and he's now done four days full training.
"But such is life at the moment that I thought I might as well bring him along and stick him on for 15 minutes as part of his recovery."