Southend manager Paul Sturrock felt his team should have taken more from their 1-1 draw against Rotherham at Roots Hall.
The Shrimpers were denied a crucial victory when Johnny Mullins cancelled out Kevan Hurst's opener two minutes from time to frustrate Sturrock.
"We had the chances to win the game but we didn't take them," said the Scotsman. "Four players should all have scored and when you consider that's against a team going for third in the table that's quite encouraging.
"But to concede like we did at the end was disappointing. We should have defended much better and in the end this feels far more like a defeat than a draw.
"We're now six points away from the play-offs but there's still about a quarter of the season to go. There are plenty of points to play for and many of the teams still have to play each other so there's everything still to play for. However, we really do need to get on a good run."
Rotherham boss Steve Evans felt the Millers deserved their late leveller.
"I thought for an hour we were simply outstanding," said Evans. "In the first half we were the dominant side which is hard to be here at Roots Hall.
"We opened them up time after time and we could've executed some situations better before they scored a wonder strike through Kevan Hurst.
"After that, the substitutes I brought on inspired us to get the point and we showed a lot of passion and character which is excellent to see.
"I didn't think it was going to be our day but we got some dangerous balls into the box which in the end gave us the equaliser."