Manager Paul Ince admitted Blackpool had a "bad day at the office" on Saturday after they were
thumped 6-1 by play-off chasing Brighton.
But Ince does not believe the loss has put the Seasiders, who are four points above the drop zone with two games to play,
back in relegation trouble.
"Before myself and Alex (Rae) came in, the club was only going one way.
"We've steadied the ship. That's the second time we've lost in 11 games," Ince told
BBC Radio Lancashire.
"You've just got to say sorry to the fans. It was very unlike us. When you look at the way at we've performed since we've been here, it's just a bad day at the office and you've got to take it on the chin."
Blackpool manager Paul Ince
“We'd only conceded seven goals in 11 games, and to concede six in one game says to me that we weren't at the races”
Prior to Saturday's defeat, Blackpool's defensive record since
Ince's appointment in February
had been superb - they had kept five clean sheets in 11 Championship matches and conceded only seven times.
And while praising fourth-placed Brighton for their convincing victory, the former England captain insisted his team were
heading in the right direction.
"We've had two tough games at home, so then the last place you want to come to is Brighton," he added. "They've got a massive pitch and play expansive football. We conceded after eight or nine minutes and you can't do that.
"We'd only conceded seven goals in 11 games, and to concede six in one game says to me that we weren't at the races.
"The lads are disappointed but they'll bounce back and they'll want to put on a show next week against Derby."