Manager Keith Curle says Carlisle United cannot give teams a head-start, despite their dramatic 4-3 League Two comeback win against Luton Town.
The Cumbrians were 3-1 down with little more than half-an-hour to play, but scored three goals in 14 minutes to take the points.
They are the division's top scorers, but only York have conceded more goals.
"We've got to start better, we want to play football but we need to earn the right," Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria.
"There are areas of the pitch that in the early stages you don't play in, you throw it at them, let them deal with the ball."
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Carlisle made a poor start, conceding within four minutes and despite levelling before half-time found themselves two goals behind after the break.
The catalyst for the turnaround lay in the introduction of forwards Jabo Ibehre and Alex Gilliead, whose impact was immediate with a goal apiece.
"We had a feeling, we put everybody attack-minded on and thought we could give them problems," Curle said.
"There were combinations galore, some important people got some important goals, and we've strength in depth and game-changers."