David Moyes said the Sunderland team are "in it together" after finding themselves propping up the Premier League.
Just six games into the season, the Black Cats are already in a bad position, collecting only a single point.
It feels worse today given that they looked like clinching their first three points AND potentially moving out of the relegation zone after leading Crystal Palace in the hour.
But Jermain Defoe's brace either side of the interval counted for nothing as Joe Ledley pulled a deflected goal back in the 61st minute before James McArthur levelled going into the last 15 minutes.
A point would have been better than nothing but Christian Benteke headed in the injury-time Eagles winner.
"The team is in it together," said Moyes, who added that he is desperate to improve the side.
"We need to get a better team, it's a simple as that
"We need to get a team that can get us results, but everyone knew that, and we need to work towards that."
Moyes said that there have been plus-points, the principal one being the form of Defoe, who added two goals to his tally for the season.
However, the Cats boss explained that the goal exploits of the ex-England striker are fruitless if the side is leaking at the other end.
"I've seen a centre-forward, who can score," he said.
"I've seen some attacking play that, if we can get a bit of confidence and get further up the pitch, we can make more chances.
"At the moment, we are not doing enough defensively, positional wise.
"We had a chance today at 2-0 [to win a game].
"But we never had a chance to be able to say 'let's put another defender on' or 'let's put a midfielder on', they went and scored right from the kick-off.
"That was disappointing.
"We'll need to defend better, we can't concede the goals we've let in to have a chance, not in a million years."