In most instances, getting a point away from home would be considered a good result for Toronto FC.

But a 0-0 draw in Seattle last Saturday, plus wins by five of the teams TFC is battling for a playoff spot, saw the Reds drop to 11th place overall in Major League Soccer.

It’s tight to be sure — the seven teams chasing the final four spots are separated by only three points.

But that only serves to underscore the importance of each of TFC’s final seven games, beginning with the first of a home-and-home set in Colorado Saturday night.

“To get a point out of there is a good result,” striker Chad Barrett said yesterday of Saturday’s tie. “But it’s not a good result right now.

“We need wins.”

Eight teams make the playoffs: The top two from each conference and the next four with the highest point totals across the league.

Barrett, Dwayne De Rosario and Sam Cronin couldn’t convert great scoring chances and Amado Guevara hit the crossbar all in a first half dominated by Toronto.

TFC goalkeeper Stefan Frei preserved the much-needed point with a superb save off Osvaldo Alonso in close in second-half injury time.

Although the tie in Seattle was “very frustrating,” De Rosario said he was “very pleased” with how his young team responded to the pressure of the situation.

“We need to have that same type of competitiveness every game to make the playoffs,” said De Rosario, who has won four MLS Cups and made it to the post-season in all eight years in the league.

A couple weeks ago, head coach Chris Cummins predicted TFC, which finished dead last in the Eastern Conference in each of its first two seasons, would need 12 points from its final nine games to make its first trip to the playoffs.

Since then, the team has been held goalless, losing 2-0 in California against Chivas USA and playing the Sounders to a 0-0 tie in Seattle.

Things aren’t about to get easier. Four of the final seven games are on the road, where TFC has struggled, and all but two of the opponents are ahead of them in the standings.

But Cummins called Saturday’s first clean sheet away from home this season “something to build on.”

“We’re still in amongst it,” Cummins said of the playoff race.

Midfielder Carl Robinson, who was suspended for the Seattle game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Chivas, said despite Saturday’s slip in the standings, TFC still controls its playoff destiny.

“It’s still in our own hands,” Robinson said. “We’ve got to concentrate on our own performances.”