Jim Mallinder is refusing to get too concerned about Saints’ current Aviva Premiership losing streak after they fell to defeat at Saracens on Sunday.
The 28-24 loss at Allianz Park made it three league games without a win, leaving Mallinder’s men with a fight on their hands to finish in the top two.
They are now just three points clear of third-placed Leicester Tigers with three games of the regular season to go.
But while he concedes his team are not playing as well as they were when they enjoyed a 13-match winning run earlier in the season, Mallinder is refusing to be downbeat.
“We played pretty well at Sale last week and we changed the team a little bit, but we’re not playing as well as we were before the Six Nations,” said the director of rugby.
“We played well during the Six Nations as well and we’re not too concerned about the current run.
“We were playing Saracens, who are top of the league, and they’re a good side, but we played into their hands a little bit.
“We overplayed too much near halfway and that led to us conceding penalties. Fair play to (Marcelo) Bosch, he kicked two crackers.
“Saracens are good from turnover as well and they showed that today.”
Saints were on the back foot for long periods at Allianz Park, heading into the final eight minutes 28-10 down.
But late tries from Luther Burrell and George North, allied with Stephen Myler’s successful conversions, made Saracens sweat in the Barnet sun.
“They dominated the game for 70 mintues,” said Mallinder. “We didn’t get any field position in the first half.
“We scored a try from a maul but we really didn’t have many opportunities and in the second half we got frustrated and went wide a little bit too soon.
“We fell into the hands of Sarries’ rush defence and we’re disappointed because the accuracy of our game wasn’t there today.
“But the pleasing thing was that we showed charcater to come back.”