Dundee owe their supporters five big performances to finish the season, according to midfielder Nick Ross.
The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle man admitted that the Dark Blues have “failed” by finishing on the wrong side of the Premiership split line.
“We don’t want to be dragged down any further,” said Ross.
“The fans have been brilliant with us this season. The support at the weekend was outstanding.
“We are really sorry for what has happened but we have to pick ourselves up despite the disappointment.
“We have basically got five games to finish as high as we can.”
Ross believes that draws have cost the Dens Park men badly.
“Fourteen draws over the course of a season is just not good enough,” he pointed out.
“We had to turn some of those into wins. Just one or two and we would have been where we set out to be.
“You can’t really go up the table when you draw so many games. There were times when we were a man and a goal up and let it slip.
“We have to look at that as we move forward.”
Ross added: “We have failed.
“It was a season which promised so much but, in the end, whatever happens from now, has failed to deliver for us.
“The table doesn’t lie and we are where we are for a reason.”