Liam Rosenior has urged his Reading team-mates not to panic following the 2-0 defeat to Fulham.
While Fulham boosted their own survival hopes with the win at The Madejski Stadium, Bolton also moved to within three points of Reading with a victory against West Ham.
Rosenior was disappointed with the performance but is remaining upbeat about Reading's chances of survival.
"Fulham deserved three points. It's a shame it happened here, and now we need to stay positive," the defender told Reading's official website.
"That applies to everyone - the players, management, coaching staff, because we are good enough.
"We'll have a look back at this game and analyse it, but this is a time for cool heads.
"If you do that you'll win games. We have four games to get it right and if we win two of them we will be fine.
"Fulham won, but I would still rather be in our position than theirs. We've got a three-point cushion and a couple of months ago we'd have taken that. It's in our hands."
Manager Steve Coppell believes that one weapon for Reading in the last few weeks of the season will be the return of winger Glen Little.
Little made his first appearance of the season when he stepped off the substitutes' bench against Fulham, and Coppell feels he can add a different dimension to Reading's game.
Coppell said: "He gives us something different. With four games left, who knows what he can give us? I hope he can supplement what we've got.
"He's not had 90 minutes yet, but he's trained hard and has done everything that's been asked of him. There are no problems with his Achilles."