The Scotland international insists that Mark Hughes' squad need to "scrap" if they are to avoid being drawn into a battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League
The Rs were held to their fourth draw of the season against Reading on Sunday and sit second from bottom without a win to their name.
"Of course we don't want to be in a scrap," the 27-year-old told reporters. "We need to try to win games now so come the Christmas period we're in a position where we can try to kick on.
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"Obviously this club is thinking big and it's a massive opportunity for the boys here to be part of something big but first and foremost we're in a scrap and everyone needs to realise that.
"We beat top sides at home last season, deservedly, we played very well at times, but it's not a given that we can do that again. It's an opportunity now to get points on the board and we need to learn very quickly and make sure we do that because before you know it we'll be playing top sides again."
The former Plymouth Argyle striker pinpointed his side's slow start to matches and occasional lack of organisation as the reasons for their woes.
|"We are working on a bit more organisation. It looks like as a team we need to demand a bit more off each other"
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"We need to start games quicker, get a foothold in the game and not let teams like Reading play against us," Mackie noted. "Once they do get a goal and they've got a carrot they're very hard to break down, they're an organised side.
"If we could put a finger on it then we'd stop it but we definitely need to sort that out because in the Premier League you can't give goals away early on and cheaply.
"We are working on a bit more organisation. It looks like as a team we need to demand a bit more off each other.
"You don't mind if someone scores a world-class goal, which most players in this league are capable of, but there haven't been too many of those against us."