Bradford coach James Lowes promised to go down fighting as he accepted relegation was looking increasingly likely.
The Bulls slumped to yet another defeat as they conceded eight tries and went down 46-22 to First Utility Super League leaders St Helens at Langtree Park.
With just seven games of their campaign remaining, the Bulls are 11 points adrift of safety and their - largely successful - spell in the competition appears to coming to an end.
Saints scored 40 of their points in the first 50 minutes, but Lowes could at least take encouragement from his side's late four-try rally.
The former Great Britain hooker, who has lost all three games since taking charge, said: "The aim is to compete in every match. If we do that, we will finish the season in a decent manner, irrelevant of whether we stay up or go down.
"It is looking more and more likely we will get relegated. We will get our heads round that. If that is the way it goes it is the way it goes.
"I want the lads to go down in the manner of that second half."
Bradford did play some positive rugby after the game was gone, with their consolation tries coming from Luke Gale, Joe Arundel, Adrian Purtell and Jamie Foster.
Lowes said: "There is something there - we have just got to find it earlier.
"We were miles off in the first half and that is a shame because, when they did show something, this team can play some rugby.
"St Helens didn't stop playing - we started to play. The lads are trying really hard and that is the pleasing thing."
Saints' victory preserved their position at the top of the competition and was a positive response after last week's loss to Hull KR, but coach Nathan Brown was still far from satisfied.
He said: "Our first 60 minutes I was quite happy with. Then we had a 15-minute period when we were not where we need to be.
"We are not quite consistent for an 80-minute period. The 60th to the 75th minute was quite disappointing.
"We are just going through a stage where we are not getting the full 17 contributing for a fair chunk of that 80-minute period.
"But any time you win a game, you have got to take some satisfaction. Any time you are 40-0 up after 60 minutes, you can take some satisfaction."
Brown reserved some praise for veteran full-back Paul Wellens, who continued his fine season by scoring two of Saints' eight tries.
He said: "Wello is consistent. You know you are going to get a seven out of 10 from him. That is his starting point.
"You don't have any doubt what Wello is going to do when he goes on the field.
"He is always one of the best competitors and scraps and scrapes for everything."