Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon wants to add new faces to his squad next month after his third consecutive defeat.
A 3-1 loss to Dundee United at Tannadice leaves Hibs on the same points as Dunfermline at the bottom of the Scottish Premier League.
"It's very hard to take positives," Fenlon told BBC Radio Scotland. "We are where we are for a reason. We haven't been good enough all season.
"It's important we try to get some players in to improve that."
Eoin Doyle arrived from Sligo Rovers this week but the striker will not be eligible until the transfer window opens.
"We're working hard but it's a difficult time of the year to get players in," explained Fenlon.
"We need to get more out of the players that are here and if we get one or two in that gives us half a chance."
Hibs were missing Isaiah Osbourne and Garry O'Connor through injury but made a bright start against United, going ahead through a volley from Leigh Griffiths.
A great save from Dusan Pernis denied Griffiths a second goal on the stroke of half-time and the home side hit back with a Johnny Russell goal and a brace from Jon Daly.
"I think we're seeing a pattern in games when we play quite well in the first half then concede a goal and buckle under a bit of pressure," added Fenlon.
"We've got to defend better and maybe our fitness levels are not where they should be because we're flagging in the second half. We need to do better and not cave in when we concede.
"What happens when you get a little bit nervous is that you tend to drop deeper to protect your goal. We've got some big boys in there we should be able to defend better from crosses
"We scored a good goal and there were some decent performances in the first half. But you've got to put 90 minutes together. I said at half-time you don't get anything for being 1-0 up at this stage.
"I think we've seen some improvements since we came in but we haven't won a game, so that's disappointing.
"I've been encouraged by some things but we've got a lot of work to do. There's no doubt about it."