Barry Gray admits his team have three games to make or break their season.
Warrenpoint Town remain rooted to the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table, having picked up only four points from their eight starts.
Although they are still within touching distance of the teams above, Gray believes Saturday’s clash against Ballymena United at Milltown could be a defining moment in their season.
“We can’t afford to be cast adrift at the bottom,” he said. “The scenario we are in, playing pretty football get you nothing – it gets you no points, it gets you relegated.
“We’ve got to find a happy balance between playing nice football, scoring goals and wining games.
“I told the players, if this horrible run extends to another three games, we’ll be cast adrift at the bottom. At this moment in time, we are hanging on.
“We’ve got to turn the corner and cut ourselves a break and build some confidence.”
Gray takes some consolation in the fact that Ballymena have come back off the ropes following a poor start to the campaign.
He adds: “It’s amazing what one or two weeks can do. This is now a massive game for us. We have to start taking off team in and around us, so this is a big opportunity.
“Ballymena have had their so called bad run, but they’ve come back very strong from it. We are in our bad run, but we still haven’t showed any signs of recovery.”