Burton Albion defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff says the team's struggles in front of goal have added pressure on the defence to keep clean sheets.
Despite sitting third in League One, the Brewers are the joint-fourth lowest scorers having netted just 15 goals.
"We can get frustrated with the strikers as we want to keep a clean sheet," he told BBC Radio Derby.
"As the game goes on and we're not scoring, the pressure is on us to keep it right."
Cansdell-Sherriff added: "As the game goes on you get a little desperate. A shot goes wide of the post, gets deflected or someone makes a bad pass and you think 'just get it in' or 'do it right'.
"You want the goals to go in but they did come in the end [in Saturday's 2-0 win against Port Vale]. They'll keep coming and [the strikers will keep] getting better."
Burton won eight of their first 11 matches to top League One at the end of September, before falling to defeats by Walsall and Fleetwood, and then drawing with Crewe.
"I don't think we lacked in confidence, we just had a bad couple of games," the former Shrewsbury player said.
"We've worked hard for the respect teams are showing us, they're trying to knock us down because they don't want to see the new boys near the top but we keep working hard."