St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes described dropping to the foot of the SPL as no "bad thing". The McDiarmid Park side remain without a win since promotion after Saturday's 3 -2 derby defeat to Dundee United.
He said: "Some of our play was good but the reality is we're losing too many goals.
"For the majority of it, we defended well against a physical side. But the third goal was soft and the second goal from the long throw was disappointing as well.
"It's devastating when you put so much into it. We've got a great group of lads who work extremely hard and we're all desperate to get a win.
"It's all right saying St Johnstone are a right good side and they're doing this and doing that, but we've not got the points some our play has merited.
"We've got to be honest and analyse it and say we've played a part in our downfall, especially with the third goal.
"I do think we're good enough to win games and it's important the players keep believing that. I'm sure if they keep their spirits up and we just start defending better, the wins will come.
"We've got a lot of hard work ahead of us and it might not be such a bad thing to drop to the bottom of the league to give us a reality check and say, 'Let's get kicked on now'."