Oriol Romeu reflected on a better outing from Southampton at Chelsea, but explained how the players must quickly gather some results to boost confidence.
Saints were edged out 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, as they produced a battling performance a few days after being beaten 4-1 at home by Leicester City.
Romeu felt the response was a positive one, but the midfielder added that they must do more in the weeks ahead.
"The defeat in midweek was something that was unacceptable," said Romeu to reporters, about the loss to the Foxes. "I think we played much better [at Chelsea], much stronger, and that's what we need to do. We cannot allow ourselves to produce those kind of performances."
Romeu added: "The belief will be always there. I think sometimes we've played well, but we didn't get points, and sometimes that takes some confidence out of the team, but hopefully we can get a couple of wins and then that confidence will soon come back to the team – but we need to get those wins.
"I think games against bigger teams we are competing well, but games that we should not necessarily win, but at least compete better in, we are not getting points and that's been our problem in the last month, and one we need to solve."
Also speaking to reporters after the game, defender Wesley Hoedt added: "We have to stick together and, as fast as possible, we have to pick up some points because I think we have a really good squad.
“It’s easy to say but we have to start playing better and we’ve played 18 games already, so we cannot hide behind that anymore."