Chesterfield boss John Sheridan felt three points were "there for the taking" as his rock-bottom side were held to a 2-2 draw at Scunthorpe.
Scunthorpe remain without a win for more than two months while an injury-time equaliser from midfielder Jimmy Ryan denied the Spireites their first victory in 17 games.
"In the position we are in, one point is no good to us, we needed all three," said Sheridan. "And really three points were there for the taking for us."
He added: "We were defending well and when we went 2-1 in front in the second half, I couldn't see Scunthorpe scoring again. But it's knowing how to win a game, rather than panicking when we get in front.
"Both the goals we conceded were disappointing ones. It wasn't down to the defenders - it was down to other people not doing their jobs. We give them certain responsibilities and expect them to carry them out."
Scunthorpe's assistant manager Chris Brass insists there is still enough spirit in his squad to save the club from a second successive relegation.
"You could see that with the reaction to the late equaliser," he insisted. "It showed tremendous character to come back for a point in the way we did and that's the sort of spirit we are going to need now in the second half of the season."
But Brass knows the Iron are going to have to cut out the defensive errors that are plaguing them if they are to scramble clear of trouble.
"Yes, we have got to stop making those individual mistakes which have been costing us so dearly," he continued. "They cost us again badly in the second half when we looked to be in control of the game and that is just not acceptable. We've got to start winning matches.
"We are relieved to have salvaged one point, but really we should have had all three."