Robbie Neilson admits he was disappointed not to get the reaction he was looking for from his players but says everyone must stick together to get through this difficult spell.
The Jambos fought back from 2-0 down to restore parity with Queen of the South thanks to Mihai Popescu and Armand Gnanduillet goals, but were undone by a late Andy Irving own goal.
Frustrated with elements of the performance, the manager insists the team needs to get their focus back as they look to wrap up the Championship title.
“I’m hugely disappointed. We spoke about getting a reaction to Tuesday night and after a minute we make an individual error and we’re a goal down. And then we lose another poor goal when we step out and they do us over the top.
“To the players’ credit they fought back to make it 2-2 and then when we’re trying to win the game we lose another goal because of another individual error.
“It’s crazy that we’re talking about the confidence in the group when we’re 13 points clear with five games to go. If you had offered us that at the start of the season we would have bitten your hand off for it.
“But we’ve had a blip. The last five days have been really difficult for everyone. It’s a case of sticking together and making sure we get over the line as there’s still a bit of work to do.
"There are a lot of conversations to be had before next week. There was one right after the game about what we need to do and how we look each other in the mirror, individually as well.
“We have to pull ourselves together. It’s been a big blip but we have to stay strong and get our focus back.”