Gary Brabin concedes Tranmere were far from their best as they stumbled to a 0-0 draw with Aldershot.
Rovers put in a lackluster display that saw them fail to truly test their hosts, managing just one shot on target.
Indeed, the manager ranked the opening 45 minutes in particular as one of the poorest of his reign.
“The first half was possibly the tattiest performance of the season,” he said.
“We were very loose with our control and passing, the simple things that I think we’ve really done well this season.
“The longer the game went on, I thought we started to look a little bit stronger.
“We were getting crosses into the box and started causing a few little problems.
“In the end, we wanted the whistle to not get blown!
“We wanted to carry on and felt like we could nick it in the end.
“But I think a draw is probably the fair result, and a point away from home, so it’s not a disaster.
“But I didn’t think we deserved much more than that if I’m honest.”
The result does extend Tranmere’s unbeaten run to five games, and keeps them comfortably inside the play-offs.
They are in fact now four points clear of sixth placed Braintree, although the Essex side have four games in hand.
Brabin insists he is not too bothered about the table or the teams around them at this stage.
But it is a measure of how far Rovers have come in recent weeks that this is a point viewed with a tinge of ‘what could have been’, something the boss himself concedes.
“We’ve got to take the positives,” he added.
“To come away from home and keep a clean sheet is a positive.
“We’re disappointed with certain aspects.
“We’ve played games, and lost, drawn and won them where we’ve played well.
“But today we were a little bit loose. It’s something we need to sharpen up on.”
Meanwhile the manager was pleased with the contribution Michael Higdon made on his Rovers debut.
The striker lasted the 90 minutes, though he was rarely found prowling around the penalty box, where the fans would be happiest to see him.
It was, though, a promising first few steps in his Tranmere career, according to Brabin.
“I sort of half apoligised to him,” the manager continued.
“We’re not normally that bad in the first half!
“But he can see we’ve got good players and he’ll get stronger with each game.”