Tony Pulis could not fault the effort of his Stoke players after suffering a 1-0 defeat against West Ham, but is eager to secure survival as soon as possible
The Potters boss wants his side to get past the 40-point mark to secure their safety in the Premier League for another season.
Having lost to West Ham, thanks to a Diego Tristan winner, Pulis sees the next fixture away at Hull City as a must-win game.
"I'm disappointed but we're in the Premiership, like I say you're playing against quality sides all the time, sides who have got top players who can hurt you," he told Sky Sports.
"We've got beat by the odd goal on two occasions - one at Fulham and one here to West Ham so we go to Hull looking for that point.
"Second-half the lads had a right go and on another day things would've dropped for us but we did need to score a couple of goals.
"I don't think Thomas (Sorensen) had a shot to save."
Pulis has lamented his side's mass of injuries towards the back end of the season, as a growing list of names have been sidelined of late.
However, he did welcome back striker James Beattie who is still recovering from a thigh strain but managed to feature against the Hammers.
"We've had a few injuries. Beattie's not been able to train for a couple of weeks and has come out and given his best for an hour.
"We're disappointed, we should be getting stronger and not picking up injuries at this time of the year.
"You're hoping to actually keep your squad fit and push on. But we have picked up a lot of injuries and we'll have to look at it."