St Mirren manager Danny Lennon was critical of his side's showing in the 2-1 loss at Inverness.
"I thought we got out of the game exactly what we deserved, and that was nothing," he told BBC Radio Scotland.
"We were fortunate to only concede two goals. They caused us a lot of problems with their power and pace up top and the persistence of Gregory Tade.
"We were second best to everything and just couldn't get into our rhythm, so that is very disappointing."
Lennon's side found themselves ahead against the run of play when Marc McAusland headed in a Gary Teale corner on 23 minutes.
But the Buddies could not build on that and were on the back foot for most of the game.
"We don't know any other way," added Lennon. "If we're going to win a game of football, it's by playing football and we didn't see that today.
"The boys have been terrific in the first quarter and that's probably the first game we've had when most players under performed.
"We've got a two-week window now to concentrate on getting back to the things were are good at.
"That's getting the ball down and passing it with a tempo and rhythm."
St Mirren could well have salvaged an unlikely point in injury time when Paul McGowan netted from a Nigel Hasselbaink pass, only to be flagged offside.
Lennon thought the midfielder's effort should not have been disallowed but had no words of criticism for the match officials.
"We only started to play a bit of football when we went behind - that was our best spell," he continued.
"My match analysis guy tells me he was well onside but some things go for you and some don't."