Alfreton Town boss Nicky Law says his players must keep faith and prove their character if they are to escape from the Blue Square Bet Premier drop zone.
Town, who play Gateshead on Saturday, went out of the FA Cup with a 4-0 loss against Carlisle United last Saturday.
Law said: "For the first 30 minutes you wouldn't have known which side was which and we dominated the second half.
"We know it's hard, but you won't do anything if you lay down and die. You have to get your head up."
Law, whose side are second bottom in the table and eight points from safety, added: "Once again we have shown what we can do [against Carlisle]. We had five corners and three free-kicks into their box before they got their first corner and scored.
"I have been in these situations as a player where it seems that every mistake you make costs you a goal.
"There is a long, long way to go yet and if we can get to the turn of the year on something like 19 points it will become a different ball game for us.
"We are training a lot harder than we did last year but we are not getting the rewards. The lads are working extremely hard and nobody feels as bad as they do. We have shown in almost every game this season that we have had chances to go in front but didn't. For one reason or another it isn't happening.
"But at least we are creating the chances. We need a little bit of luck and we have had hardly any so far."