Phil Parkinson rued a lack of cutting edge, as Bolton's promotion push stalled with a 1-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic.
Lee Erwin scored the only goal at SportsDirect.com Park, tapping into an empty net from close range after Mark Howard's punch from a Tope Obadeyi cross came back off an unsuspecting Jay Spearing.
Speaking after the game, Parkinson eased fears over Wanderers' recent form, saying they will prepare for Tuesday's clash with Bury knowing fate is still in their own hands during the final fortnight of the season.
"We had enough chances to win the game," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.
"I thought we played really well in the first-half, controlled it for large periods against difficult conditions, and in the second-half we've hit the bar twice, had a couple cleared off the line and the one breakaway they've had has resulted in a goal. Mark has saved it, palmed it on to Jay and it's gone in the back of the net.
"It was the only time they threatened. You always run that risk when you're going for the win.
"I don't think there was a nervousness about us. I thought we played with great calmness on the ball, on a very difficult pitch. We just couldn't finish one of those chances.
"We've had enough good opportunities to win the game but we just haven't been able to take them.
"We've had some terrific wins recently and we've enjoyed the plaudits for those. Now we've had a difficult defeat but we've got to stick together and come out ready to go again on Tuesday.
"Whatever happens on Monday, we go into Tuesday's game, at the worst scenario, one point ahead. That's not a bad situation to be in, but we know it could be so much better if we'd killed the game off today."