Gary Rowett admitted to an "off day" as Burton Albion's automatic promotion bid was hampered by a 1-1 draw at home to Exeter City.
Albion found themselves behind in the 56th minute when keeper Dean Lyness parried a John O'Flynn shot, only to see the ball bounce into the net after hitting skipper Ian Sharps.
It took the hosts only two minutes to get back on level terms when Adam McGurk swept home his ninth of the season from Zeli Ismail's cross, but Rowett admitted his side rarely looked capable of bouncing back from a 4-2 defeat at home to Fleetwood.
The Burton boss said: "I think the way we played you would have to say it was a point gained.
"That was probably the poorest we've played all season - we just didn't get going."
He added: "I thought we played into Exeter's hands first half. Everything was in front of them, neat and tidy and nicey, nicey.
"The last thing I said before the game was that I didn't want the game to be nice.
"The conditions were poor, the pitch wasn't great and I felt we took too long to get the ball forward.
"To get it back to 1-1, you start to think we can go again but I suppose we were quite happy with a point in the end.
"I said about three weeks ago we've been good in most games and have not been bettered by other teams.
"But I think Fleetwood edged us and I would say Exeter were slightly better over the 90 minutes.
"We've got a lot work to do and need to get back to winning ways, especially in home games."
Despite his side now being without a win in five games, Exeter boss Paul Tisdale was delighted with the performance.
He said: "I was very pleased with the way we played - it was a fully committed performance.
"We shared the energy out and everybody contributed to a team performance. We thoroughly deserved a draw out of the game.
"We've had two or three games lately where we think we've shaded it in terms of the flow of the game.
"We're having to work very hard for our points, but things will start to fall for us and we'll get out of this run.
"This was a game that either team could have one. At 1-1 it's never a great position to be in as a manager.
"Do you twist or do you stick? They made a few changes, but I stuck with the 11 who started the game because they were doing the business even though they were tired."