Assistant coach Paul Farbrace urged England to show "more resilience and fight" with the bat, after a flurry of wickets put India firmly in control of the second Test in Visakhapatnam.
Having limited India, who had begun day two on 317-4, to 455 all out, England struggled to 103-5 in reply on Friday.
Alastair Cook fell in the third over of the tourists' first innings and a 47-run stand between Joe Root (53) and Haseeb Hameed (13) ended when the latter was needlessly run out to trigger a post-tea collapse.
England were ultimately grateful for the resistance of Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, who each reached stumps unbeaten on 12 having survived 14.4 overs together.
"We were very pleased with this morning - we thought we showed some good skills with the ball - but then we are massively disappointed with this afternoon and this evening," said Farbrace as he reflected on the second day.
"There was that period where we looked like we got a bit frenetic, we didn't cope particularly well and those are times when you've got to show a little bit more resilience and fight.
"We saw that at the end from Stokes and Bairstow, who showed that if you get stuck in and apply yourself you can bat on that surface. We've got to adapt to it - we have no choice.
"The key thing for tomorrow [Saturday] morning, and it is a very old cliche, is that we bat until drinks in that first hour and if Stokes and Bairstow can show the same courage, guts and good application of technique it will become slightly easier.
"Whatever conditions you play in you have to believe that the longer you are there, the easier the conditions become and the more accustomed you become to them."
Ben Duckett was among the England batsmen to fail, the 22-year-old left-hander's defensive technique again found wanting as he was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin for five.
Duckett has managed 110 runs in six innings since making his debut in Bangladesh last month and Farbrace told Sky Sports: "He knows that if he is going to succeed at international cricket, he's got to find a way to cope.
"You've got to be able to keep out the good balls and that's something he's been working very hard on.
"Every player's defence has to be good enough to allow you to bat in that period of time when it's tough and then, once you've got yourself in, you put the bad ball away and your confidence grows."