The West Midlands club put up an early fight before being brushed aside by the champions-elect and with five matches remaining in the season, McLeish hopes he can record some vital points to avoid falling further down the table.
Villa sit six points above the drop zone and although they are unlikely to be relegated, McLeish is still treating the next few matches as cup finals just to be certain of survival.
“We have three cup finals coming up so the players have to stop feeling sorry for themselves and start recovering immediately,” he said.
“The plan is to secure our Premier League status and move forward from that.
“We have to improve. The last two seasons have not been good enough for Aston Villa‘s name in this game.”