The Edmonton Oilers were a pretty dejected bunch after dropping a 2-1 decision to the Anaheim Ducks Monday.

The next morning, they were trying to pick their heads up, knowing the playoff race is not over, although they do have a lot of ground to make up.

“We need points and obviously with losing a couple before this game, the next games become more important,” said Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk. “We don’t want to fall out of this thing. Unfortunately if we keep dropping games, that’s going to be the case.

“It was disappointing (Monday) night. We got the goal and we were right back in it. That’s what we talked about after the second period, that we were just one shot away and we were close and unfortunately, it ended up being a similar play as the first goal that ended up in the net.”

The Oilers woke up four points out of a playoff spot, sitting 11th in the Western Conference standings.

Prior to dropping three straight, the Oilers were in a playoff position, occupying the eighth and final spot in the conference.

Now they’re looking up at two teams in the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes before they even get to the Detroit Red Wings, who currently occupy the final spot.

But with seven of their last nine games at Rexall Place, the Oilers know the opportunity to make one last push still exists.

“We’ve played great at home recently, too, we need to continue that feeling and that stretch of playing well at home and use that to our advantage,” Dubnyk said. “We need points, that’s all it comes down to. We have to win games. It’s tough, but we’re still right in it. We have to use this opportunity of all these games at home to build the momentum there and feel good about playing there.”