Regardless of bygone good feelings or preseason expectations, the reality of the situation is with more than half the season played, the Rangers are now on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

Last night, they lost their second in a row, a tight 3-1 defeat to the Jets at the MTS Centre that was not so much a beating as it was a continued undercutting of any declaration the Blueshirts can make as a serious contender.

“It’s not good enough,” said captain Ryan Callahan, who scored his ninth goal of the season to tie it at 1-1 in the second period. “We need the two points right now.”

The Rangers (13-11-2) and the Jets (14-11-2) came into the game tied for the eighth and final playoff spot, but the team that was two wins away from last year’s Stanley Cup Finals is now the one looking up in the standings with 22 games remaining.

“Obviously, being in ninth place and having 20 or so games left, that urgency has to be there,” Callahan said. “It has to show on the ice.”

At the opening of this four-game road trip, the Rangers put together a dominating 4-1 win at Washington, and their season seemed to be gaining traction. But having won five of six going into to Buffalo on Tuesday, they decided to lay the season’s largest egg there, losing 3-1 and getting reamed out afterward by coach, John Tortorella.