Caley Thistle skipper Gary Warren says his side must start earning their own luck in order to move off the foot of the Premiership table.
Inverness slipped a point adrift of Hamilton Accies at the bottom, following a poor run of 10 matches without a victory prior to this month’s winter break.
Caley Jags return to action with a Scottish Cup tie at League 2 side Elgin City on Saturday, with Richie Foran’s men searching for their first win since October.
Defender Warren feels good fortune has deserted his side but says his team-mates cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves as they look to haul themselves up the table.
Warren said: “We just haven’t been good enough. I don’t think it’s just down to confidence.
“When teams are down at the bottom of the table, confidence is a big thing.
“Further up the table teams tend to get a bit more luck on their side, and the rub of the green goes their way, like things going in off people’s backsides, and perhaps we haven’t been getting that.
“I’m a believer that we will build our own confidence in the way we play and the way we perform.
“If we’re hungry to succeed and hungry to do well, we’ll do that.
“That’s something we need to do and I don’t think we’ve been doing it in the last few weeks.”
Inverness’ next league match is a home match against seventh-placed Partick Thistle on January 28.
With only six points separating his team from the Jags, Englishman Warren knows the match offers the Highlanders a fine chance for his side to climb the table.
He added: “We need to start turning up for games against the teams around us, such as Motherwell and Kilmarnock. Games against Rangers or Celtic are irrelevant to us.
“The teams in and around us are the teams we have to look for players to start putting on performances against.”