Steve Coppell believes Reading will 'come back biting' after slipping closer to the relegation zone over the weekend.
The Royals were dragged further into the mire after losing 2-0 at Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime, while relegation rivals Bolton Wanderers moved up two places after securing three vital points at Middlesbrough.
Afterwards Coppell refused to press the panic button and has backed his 17th-placed side to pick up the points necessary to retain their top-flight status.
"There are three games and nine points to play for, it's very significant," he told the club's official website ahead of defining games against Wigan, Tottenham and Derby.
"Our target is to go for nine points and be genuine in the attempt to get them.
"We have a real desire to make sure we're here next year. You feel low after a game but you look forward with relish, determination and desire to get three points.
"They will come back biting. It's a three-game season now, a mini-season if you like.
"I've got a squad of 20-odd players, and if you ask me my best eleven then right now I don't know. I've got more or less two equal teams.
"It's down to me to choose the best eleven for Wigan (on Saturday), that's my conundrum.
"There could be significant changes from week to week. We're trying to get the best out of the squad and be in this division."