Harry Redknapp is confident Tottenham will bounce back from Saturday's draw against West Brom and reclaim the fourth place he feels they deserve.
Spurs' bid to secure a second successive season in the UEFA Champions League suffered as a blow as they dropped two points against the Baggies after Simon Cox's superb 81st-minute equaliser.
The 2-2 draw leaves Spurs one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who play their game in hand at Blackburn on Monday night.
Redknapp's side have now won just once in their last seven league games and face the daunting prospect of tackling Chelsea, Liverpool and City during the run-in.
"We won't be deflated by the result," said the Spurs boss. "It's not the end of the world, everybody has results like that.
"We had the game in the bag and then the kid (Cox) hit a worldy. It was unreal."
Defeats to the likes of West Ham, Wigan and Blackpool have cost Spurs dear this season, but they have performed well against their rivals at the top end of the table.
And Redknapp believes that taking points off Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool while reaching the Champions League quarter-finals shows that his team merit a place in next year's competition.
"We belong in the top four," he said. "We battered Man City on the first day of the season and couldn't get the win. We can give anyone a game. We've drawn with the top teams but they were games we could easily have won.
"We pushed Man City all the way. At the start of the year I thought Man City would win the league.
"I saw them bring in Yaya Toure and David Silva and all these people. I thought bloody hell! Then they brought Dzeko in for £28million!"
This week Redknapp called on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to spend big this summer, even if they have to settle for a Europa League place.
But the Tottenham boss admits the huge demands of selling clubs is likely to rule Spurs out of signing some of Europe's biggest names.
"It's hard finding top players," he said. "Clubs want crazy money.
"We enquired about (Villarreal striker Giuseppe) Rossi, and they were saying he's worth £35million. Crazy money. Way beyond what we can pay."