Caley Thistle captain Gary Warren feels his side must find a way to edge tight matches after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Championship leaders St Mirren.
Inverness went down to a Gavin Reilly’s first-half strike and are six points adrift of the play-off spots in seventh place.
With 16 matches left, starting with tomorrow’s home match against Falkirk, defender Warren feels the Highlanders must quickly add to their six league victories in order to keep on track for a top-four finish. Warren said: “It has been the story of our season so far – not taking chances and little lapses of concentration, but they go up the other end and score.
“It’s frustrating because we should have taken something from the game but we have been saying that for a long time. It’s something that needs to be put to bed in order to climb the table.
“It’s a tight league. We are six points away from being in the top four.
“If you put together a run of two or three games in this league, you will be in that mix. We have to now start winning games. We can’t look at drawing games and dropping points here and there.
“We need to beat the teams around us. We’ve got Falkirk, who are below us, at home on Tuesday night, and that’s where we have to turn our attentions to, trying to pick up three points.
“They had a great result in beating Dundee United. In the last couple of games I think they’ve picked up a little bit, so it’s going to be another tough game.”
Inverness thought they had levelled early in the second half at Paisley when Liam Polworth’s mishit cross looked to have crossed the line after coming back off the post, before it was clawed to safety by Buddies goalkeeper Craig Samson.
Warren was reluctant to be critical of referee Willie Collum and assistant Sean Carr.
He added: “I was far away, so I didn’t know. I don’t think there was that much protest.
“It’s one of those things. If it crosses the line, it crosses the line.
“The referee and the linesmen make the decisions and we just have to get on with it.”
Warren’s fellow defender David Raven made his final outing for Caley Jags on Saturday, with the right back having now left the club after his contract expired.
Both players joined Inverness in 2012 and were part of the squad that lifted the Scottish Cup three years later and Warren was disappointed Raven’s Caley Jags career could not end on a winning note.
The 33-year-old said: “I was disappointed we couldn’t pick up three points for David.
“He’s been a fantastic servant over the years and I’m disappointed to see him go.
“He has been one of the mainstays at the club. I wish him all the best for the future. He will be a success wherever he goes.”
New signing Nathan Austin is a doubt for tomorrow’s match against the Bairns after being taken off with a head injury.