MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has warned his players that they need to quickly rediscover their form at home after the 1-1 draw with lowly Bury or risk seeing their promotion bid derailed.
Shakers skipper Steven Schumacher hooked in a fine half-volley in the 66th minute to cancel out Dean Bowditch's early opener for the Dons, whose winless run at home stretched to three games.
And Robinson said: "It was frustrating, I just think we lacked a spark. It was just dull, at stadium:mk at the moment we just seem to be waiting for something to happen. It's weird, normally it's a fortress and we need to make it back into a fortress.
"I keep saying that we need to get better and we will get better. But we can't keep waiting for it because the season will be over, the season will have passed us by. The pitch wasn't great, the referee was abysmal but we can't blame him for our performance either.
"People will be disappointed that we've not won the game but at least we've not been beaten - it's definitely two points lost though."
Milton Keynes dominated the first half and Bowditch put them ahead after a quarter of an hour when he cut inside from the left and curled a low right-foot shot past Trevor Carson for his eighth goal of the season.
But Schumacher equalised for the Shakers after the break, swivelling to fire a bouncing ball past David Martin from 15 yards.
Bury boss Kevin Blackwell said: "You ask people to go to the well and give you everything they've got and I thought we were very well organised. We came with a game plan - we knew that if we tried to match MK Dons, they're better on the ball than our players.
"So we conceded their half of the pitch, got back into our own half and played it from there and, to be fair, the lads did it very well. Since I've been here the players have been brilliant for me. This is a team that shouldn't be where it is, but it is.
"I can't complain about the effort and the commitment from the players - we could have come away with a win. We're third from bottom at the moment but if they keep doing that someone up there has got to look down on this set of lads and give them a little bit of luck, that's all they need."