Jim McInally has warned Peterhead they face four cup finals after a 2-0 defeat at Queen’s Park.
The Blue Toon boss added that his players are “hurting” after their 10th straight game without a win.
A goal in each half from Dario Zanatta and Ryan McGeever heaped the misery on for the struggling Balmoor side.
Peterhead are in the relegation play-off berth but are still just three points behind Stranraer in eighth.
But alarmingly they are now just two points above automatic relegation after Stenhousemuir’s win over East Fife.
McInally’s men face the bottom side in two weeks but he is desperate for his players to find some confidence and turn things around before then.
He said: “Every game is a cup final now and there’s no getting away from that and the first of those is next Saturday now.”
He added: “It’s another bad result and I thought it was another harsh defeat but we’re in a position where we just aren’t getting the rub of the green.
“We had the better of the chances, Fraser (Hobday) didn’t really have a save to make.
“We missed a couple of really good chances and that’s the difference.
“We only have four games to go and you can see the players are hurting but they need to stop hurting and get on with the games.”
The teams finished level on shots on target while Peterhead sneaked the possession and shots totals.
McInally felt his side were the better of the two – not that it is any comfort to him.
He said: “We were better than them but that’s not good enough, that doesn’t win you football matches.
“We need to keep encouraging them and we need to win a game quickly and if we can do that, we will have a good fighting chance.”