The Royals fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Fulham at the Madejski Stadium yesterday, a result that keeps them in the bottom three.
Alongside QPR they are the only club yet to win in the Premier League and appear destined for a season-long battle with relegation.
McDermott insists the eight-game wait for victory is not causing any tension and takes comfort from Europe's epic comeback against the United States last month.
"We haven't started badly, we want more points, but there's been four times this season when we've been in front," he said.
"Results-wise it's not what we want, but I look at examples from other athletes and golfers.
"Look at what happened at the Ryder Cup, it was incredible. But I'm actually enjoying it.
"It's really important that we concentrate on the game and not the so-called win.
"I'm playing the game, I'm not playing the outcome. We're trying to live in the moment. The outcome will be in May, wherever we end up, we end up.
"We did exactly the same thing last season when people talked about promotion.
"Someone told me 'it's yours to lose'. I thought 'Oh God'. It's amazing the way people use their words."
Three goals in the last five minutes brought Reading's latest tilt at victory to a breathless conclusion.
When Dimitar Berbatov produced a classy finish in the 88th minute, Fulham appeared to have secured the victory their second-half dominance deserved.
But substitute Hal Robson-Kanu stabbed home in the 90th minute before Reading wasted two extra-time half-chances to snatch a dramatic first win.
Substitute Bryan Ruiz sparked Fulham's comeback with a powerful equaliser and McDermott admires the talent in Martin Jol's side.
"When we went 1-0 up we needed to dictate the pace of the game, but you have to look at the players they have," he said.
"They're an established side that has paid good money for players.
"Ruiz came off the bench - they paid £10million for him - and he smashes one in the top corner.
"There's not much you can do about that, that's the quality of the division we're in.
"What we have got is a real spirit, desire and good quality, and the longer the season goes on the more our quality will come through."
Fulham paired Berbatov and Hugo Rodallega in attack, but Jol now faces the conundrum of how to accommodate the highly-impressive Ruiz in his starting line-up.
"We started the season with Mousa Dembele, Ruiz and Mladen Petric against Norwich and it was probably our best game of my time here," the Cottagers boss said.
"Then we played Hugo and Berbatov against West Brom and it was another great game. Ruiz and Berbatov have never played together.
"What is my best forward line? That is still my problem - and it's already October.
"Ruiz is probably my most creative player, but on the other hand Berbatov is a very good second striker. It's a luxury problem!
"It was good to see Ruiz coming on and changing our style, even though we looked fine first half.
"In Holland we've got a phrase with blonde girls: 'They look good from far, but far from good!'
"We looked good - but without a purpose. In the second half it was much better."