Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald said his side's draw with Dundee at Dens Park felt like a defeat.
A Kane Hemmings strike five minutes from time cancelled out Liam Lindsay's early header that had given Thistle the lead.
"I think it always does when you lose a late goal as we have done many times in the past few seasons and it was really sore," Archibald told BBC Scotland.
"We have got this bad habit of not hanging on."
Archibald felt the fact they edged another point away from bottom club Dundee United was of no consequence as they came close to securing the win.
And he added that the games coming up in the next few weeks are vital to how their season evolves.
The Firhill men's next four games are against sides currently joining them in the bottom six - Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Dundee United.
"If we hang on the for the three points you are creeping up towards the teams above us," he said. "Our aim was to drag the people above us back to us and drag them in, and we would have done that today if we could have hung on for the last five minutes."
"It's a long winter," he said. "After this break we have got a right tough run of games coming up when we play teams around us but I think we can look forward to it if we have performances like that."
Meanwhile, Dundee manager Paul Hartley thought his team deserved at least a point and possibly could have gone on to collect all three.
Dundee were heading for a second defeat in three games before Rory Loy and Greg Stewart combined to set up Hemmings to slot home his fifth goal of the campaign.
"I thought in the second half the pressure we put on them and the intensity of our play was good," said Hartley. "I'm disappointed as it feels like another two points dropped.
"I thought we started the game really well until they scored."
The Dens Park club were booed off at half-time.
"That happens when you are a goal down at home," added Hartley. "You have got to cope with that pressure.
"The second half we kept passing it. We just didn't go the direct route and stuck to our beliefs.
"When you are at home you are trying to pass the ball and entertain and that's what we did today."