The visitors travelled to Easter Road with one win - against Aberdeen on November 3 - in 11 matches in all competitions since beating Hibs 3-2 in Dingwall on October 20, but claimed victory courtesy of captain Richard Brittain's 57th-minute header.
Fenlon said: "We didn't play well. We didn't deserve to lose, but we didn't set the right tempo from the start.
"We're the home team. We've got to make sure we start the game better than that.
"The emphasis is on us to go and win the game and I didn't think we did that today.
"We looked a little bit flat, maybe waiting for something to happen rather than going and making something happen.
"We only really reacted once they scored. That's not good enough."
After starting the season well, Hibs now have four points from a possible 21 and the fourth-placed side have successive games against Celtic and Hearts on the horizon.
Fenlon added: "I feel we've stopped a little bit. Getting to the points total we got to should encourage us to see can we kick on and be better.
"That's the key to it now, to try to add to that to make sure we can push on as a team."