The league's bottom side were beaten 1-0 by log leaders Orlando Pirates in a highly entertaining affair at a packedHarry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday.
Vincent Pule scored the only goal after 67 minutes when Brian Onyango's attempted clearance deflected off the foot of the attacker and into the back of the net.
The home team then threw numbers forward in search of an equaliser but it was not to be as Orlando Pirates closed the game out to extend their lead at the bottom of the table.
“Obviously I’m disappointed with the result. In the first half I was not entirely happy with the performance if I’m honest because I felt that we did not show the right amount of energy that we needed especially against a team like Pirates," coach Eric said. "Their work ethic is very high and we needed to match them in that area.
"I felt that on occasions we gave them too much space and freedom and they caused us problems.”
The coach also felt his men could have showed more desire to win their personal battles on the field.
“At halftime I was not happy," coach Eric added. "Some players jumping out of tackles, I explained to them that this is life and death. You have to show a lot more commitment.
"The quality in the final third just was not there. Tonight we only created a handful of chances and then it was very disappointing with the way we conceded, we committed bodies forward and got caught on the counter.”
The Pietermaritzburg-based side are four points behind 15th placed Chippa United with three games to go as the race for survival heats up.
They now have just two days to prepare for a tough game in Thohoyandou versus Black Leopards on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is at 15h00.