Derek Adams hopes the turn of the year can bring about a change in fortunes for Ross County.
Two tough trips to northern counterparts Aberdeen and Inverness are next for the Dingwall side.
"We have to come out of the blocks very quickly and start picking up points," Adams told BBC Scotland.
"It's been a difficult start to the season for us, but we're not detached yet and what we're looking to do is move on."
lost 2-0 to Hibernian
on Boxing Day and sit 11th in the Scottish Premiership, four points behind Partick Thistle in 10th.
Ross County manager
“We obviously need to add to the squad, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that”
However, they go into their next two matches knowing they were victorious in their previous games against the
"Aberdeen are a terrific side and going really well this season," said Adams, an ex-Dons player. "Inverness have had a really good season as well, so two difficult matches.
"We're a number of points off of Partick Thistle now and further away from the likes of Kilmarnock and St Mirren."
And Adams reiterated once again that he intends to delve into the transfer market in January to make his squad more equipped fort he second half of the season.
"We are down the line to doing that," he added. "We obviously need to add to the squad, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that."