Mile Jedinak rued his side conceding the first goal of the game against Chelsea as Palace fell to a 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles had been on a six game unbeaten run and were hoping to exploit any fragile confidence that the Blues may have had after a tough first half of the season, but Oscar's opener paved the way for further goals from Willian and Diego Costa as the reigning Premier League champions ran out convincing winners.
Post-match, the Palace skipper said: "I just think when you concede a goal like that in the first-half it's not ideal and it probably helps them get their tails up after that.
"We know they're a good side and it's a false sense of where they are in the table at the moment but if we had got the first goal then maybe we would have seen a different Chelsea.
"It was pivotal but we still had a lot of time to get ourselves out of that and the response was OK, but it wasn't sustained for long and everyone in the dressing room knows that.
"We got a little bit wayward in the second half and allowed them to score two quick goals which went away from what we were trying to do so it's very disappointing. They controlled the game after that and it never looked in doubt."
The defeat means 2016 began with a loss but with an FA Cup third round clash with Southampton just six days away, Jedinak knows that this result has to be quickly learnt from and put behind them.
"We've got to pick ourselves up and rectify that next week," he added. "We'll be back on the training pitch as soon as we can getting ready for Southampton and we know that's going to be tough.
"We'll make sure we do what's asked of us and put in some hard work. We've got to this point with that and today it was still there but we lacked a little bit of composure at times and I'm sure we'll rectify it going forward.
"You don't like to start the year with a loss but there's plenty of time to change that. Although today was a disappointing result we're still pushing forward and we'll be up for the coming fixtures."