St Helens joint-captain James Graham says they must not lose heart in the title race despite Friday's 32-10 Super League derby loss to rivals Wigan.
Coming on the back of their 14-14 draw at Bradford, Saints have now fallen three points behind joint Super League leaders Warrington and Huddersfield.
But, despite the pain of a fourth straight failure to beat Wigan, there are still nine league games left.
"There's still a long way to go," Graham told BBC Radio Merseyside.
"It's not the be all and end all, but it's obviously a disappointment. We'll just put it to bed and kick on.
"Wigan are going to be one of the teams in and around our position in the league table, but what's done is done.
"We've got a big game next week against Warrington and we'll see how the league spans out in the next few weeks."
Saints have now lost both this season's league derby games home and away against Wigan, shared a 16-16 draw in the Magic Weekend curtain raiser at the Millenium Stadium in February and also lost last season's Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Saints are still to decide on the fate of Scott Moore, following his arrest on suspicion of drink driving.
The Saints hooker has been bailed until 25 July pending further inquiries after an incident in the early hours 10 days ago.
Moore, who made his debut for England in 2009 when he was on loan to Huddersfield, has now missed Saints' last two games.
A Saints spokesman said: "The matter is being dealt with internally at the club and he will be subjected to the club's disciplinary procedure if there is a case to answer."