The Canberra Raiders are reeling after suffering their third consecutive loss in the NRL, but coach Ricky Stuart says his side must stick it out and grind their way out of their slump in form.
After cruising to a 24-6 lead over North Queensland on Saturday, Stuart's side failed to score again and let a fired-up Cowboys side fight back and edge a 26-24 win.
It was a tale of two halves in Townsville, painfully similar to the Raiders' performance against Parramatta in round six where they started strong before collapsing late.
Earlier in the year, the Raiders also let slip a 19-point lead at home to the Warriors, before going down 34-31 after some heroic final-second defence by Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
Poor decisions in the second half have hindered the Raiders in recent weeks and they have now slumped to successive losses against Penrith, Parramatta and North Queensland, with third-placed South Sydney looming next week.
Injuries to key players like Josh Hodgson and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad have played their part, but Stuart sees history as a lesson for his side.
"We've been in this position before we just got to stick solid and try work our way out of it," he said.
"This is a little bit of the passage of footy we're in at this stage.
"We just need to keep working hard and sticking together.
"I think the first half (against the Cowboys) was good but you have to look at the big picture when you lose like that."
Five-eighth Jack Wighton echoed his coach's comments, telling AAP their recent run of form hasn't been up to standard.
"The last three weeks has been a very similar story, its all about focusing on us now," he said.
"We've put ourselves in this position so we have to try and get ourselves out of it.
"If we play like we did in the first half (against the Cowboys), we'll blow any team off the park but at the moment we're looking pretty average.
"Until we do that, we're going to have to cop our medicine."
Australian Associated Press