Owen Coyle admitted he was frustrated with the inconsistent play of his Bolton Wanderers side in their 1-1 home draw with Swansea City.
Coyle however saw enough in the game to be confident his side can take advantage of the games they have in hand and pull away from the bottom three of the Premier League.
Scott Sinclair opened the scoring for Swansea on five minutes with a beautiful curling effort only for Chris Eagles to level just eight minutes later by sweeping in a Martin Petrov cross.
Bolton drop down to second from bottom but have two games in hand on the sides directly above them and Coyle is confident they can make those games count.
"We gave ourselves a lot to do with the slow start and I was going to say gifting Swansea an opener but it was an exquisite finish from Sinclair," Coyle said.
"It would be easy to feel sorry for ourselves but the lads really knuckled down and started to get a grip on the game, we scored a wonderful equaliser ourselves in a free-flowing move.
"We had one or two chances to win it but knowing that Swansea were always a threat.
"There was an element of frustration. We never put our whole game together. For the duration of the match it was just fits and starts but when we bring it together we know we're capable of winning games."
Bolton now have five games left, starting away at Aston Villa on Tuesday, and Coyle is confident his side can climb out of the relegation zone.
"As I said all along I truly believed it would go right to the wire and nothing I've seen today changes my mind," he added.
"The bottom line is it's in our own hands, we decide our own destiny. We have five games at the close of play today and the teams in around us have three.
"We have to go and try and maximise those games."