"The last five performances have been stronger and we've started to score goals and create chances from open play," said Howe.
"We're not where we want to be though, and it's going to be really tight and a big battle to get the points we need from now until the end of the season.
"We're prepared to fight for the challenge ahead, but I cannot predict what it will take for safety, it's too tight."
"We've created a lot again, but we need to stick the ball in the back of the net," said manager Lampard.
"I'm very happy for Marcos Alonso but when I think that my left-back is the one scoring the two goals and he scored our last goal in the league as well, and you're creating that many chances in between, you have to question why we're not finishing them."