Bernard Jackman's charges have had a disappointing season so far, losing eight of their 12 games, several of which were tight losses that could have easily gone the other way.
Their poor track record has not necessarily been down to a lack of proficiency, but more so because they have not been clinical enough in execution.
However, Jackman was quick to praise the fighting quality of the team after they were just pipped by Garryowen in Saturday's Division 1A duel at Castle Avenue.
"I think over the last few weeks the team has reacted well to being in a bad situation. They've really stuck together and that's a credit to them," he told IrishRugby.ie.
"We'll see which way the results go this weekend and we're going to fight for every point we can get in the end.
"We have to finish as well as possible but we've just got to lick our wounds for a few games."
The Leinster hooker, who scored a try for his province in their Magners League victory over Cardiff on Sunday, was impressed by a late comeback effort which almost inspired a late win.
"Obviously I'm very disappointed but the lads showed unbelievable spirit. We were 15-0 down and they came back to make it 15-14 but we just couldn't get in the position near the end to get the win.
"You want to be more clinical but sometimes in these pressure situations, especially in a relegation dog fight like today, it's sometimes hard for guys to execute."
Two well-taken tries from centre Daragh O'Shea and number 8 Martin Garvey in the second half demonstrated the north Dubliners' ability once they got their phase play working well.
However, the multiple handling errors from 'Tarf ensured that they could not maintain good spells of possession and Garryowen duly took advantage of this sloppy play.
"Garryowen dominated from the outset. We just gave away a lot of unforced errors, giving them territory," conceded Jackman.
"They're a very good side at keeping the ball and a couple of mistakes and they took their points."
With this momentum and some players coming back from injury, Cunningham is optimistic about his side's chance of progressing to the play-offs.
"We have some good momentum and hopefully we'll carry that forward. We got off to a poor start to the season - injuries really hurt us," he admitted.
"But, some of the guys are coming back now, like Mark Melbourne who played today, and if we had a couple more we'll be flying.
"If we get Damien Varley and Ciaran O'Boyle in from Munster, we'll see what happens."
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