Jan Vertonghen praised Tottenham Hotspur's performance after their 0-0 draw with Everton but admitted they must win the big games to stay in touch at the top of the Premier League.
Spurs would have gone second with a victory at Goodison Park but they had to settle for a point despite dominating the first half.
Vertonghen was a key player going forward from left-back but then had to focus on his defensive duties after the interval as Everton hit back.
"I think in the first half we were the better team and had to score. There were not a lot of chances but more possession," the Belgian told Sky Sports.
"We were very sharp and did a lot of pressing.
"Because of circumstances I am at left-back and I try to attack because I know I can hurt teams.
"A point is okay but of course there are a lot of other teams at the top who keep winning so we have to see if we can win those big games as well."
Vertonghen could have had a penalty in the first half when he went down under pressure from Seamus Coleman, while later in the game there were appeals for an Everton spot-kick following another incident between the same two players.
Vertonghen felt the referee was right to wave play on both times, adding: "There was contact but it would have been harsh for Everton. I think it was similar in the second half."
The Tottenham defender also praised goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who was determined to carry on despite being struck in the head by Romelu Lukaku's knee in the second half.
"Hugo is a strong man," said Vertonghen. "I think the doctors wanted to take him off because it can be dangerous if he keeps on playing. But he thought he could help the team by playing on."