Reading manager Steve Coppell refused to be downcast after a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal left his side still anxiously trying to preserve their Premier League status.
The Royals are just one point outside the relegation zone with three games to play, but Coppell has called for his players to remain calm and believe in their ability.
He told the club's official website: "This game was never going to break our season. It could have made it.
"But we've got three games left and we're going to go all the way that's for sure.
"It's a 38-game season. Three games, nine points. Like the other teams at the bottom, we'll be looking to pick up at least six from nine points.
"The team that come out with that and who holds their nerve to play under pressure will survive.
"Those that relish the fight rather than expecting something bad to happen will do okay."