Paul Cox believes his Mansfield side are missing a little bit of luck at the moment following their 0-0 draw with AFC Wimbledon.
A goalless draw at Kingsmeadow prevented the Stags from setting a new unwanted club record of seven straight league defeats.
Cox's side would have won in London had it not been for Dons goalkeeper Ross Worner, who made a succession of superb saves to deny the visitors.
"In the second half I thought there was only one team going to win it," said Cox.
"I don't know whether it was world class saves or poor misses, all three players did nothing wrong with the headers.
"I thought all three were in; I don't know how he's kept them out. I thought he was outstanding.
"We're building foundations. We've just had a horrible month and two games on the trot now against good opposition and two clean sheets. I think we're building a little bit.
"In the second half we were excellent. All we needed was a little bit of luck, saying that you find a keeper in that form.
"Marriott made one save in the first half, apart from that he's done what keepers do; he's punched well - but you expect a keeper of Alan's quality to deal with that.
"Our midfielders did really well. The back four kept another clean sheet and that's two hard away places we've got results.
"The boys are working hard. They haven't lost that spirit, they just need that little bit of something to fall for them."