Dikwena find themselves three points above the drop zone following a 2-0 loss at Ajax Cape Town on Sunday - much to Johnson's obvious concern.
"A lot of people and clubs are panicking but we can’t take it away from them," Johnson told his club's website ahead of Thursday's trip to champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who are smarting from a 1-0 defeat last night to title rivals Bidvest Wits.
"We are going to try and put our best foot forward and not panic. We can’t press panic buttons. There are five games to go. There are a lot of points to fight for. There are 15 points to fight for. We need 10 of those points in order to be safe but we need to fight for more than 10 points."
He continued: "Remaining games for us are more than cup finals, it’s a matter of life and death. That’s how we got to approach all the games. We need out fighting spirit back. We have got to come back to the party. We have got to find the positives. Hopefully we can put the best team we can in order to come back again.
"We have got to pick up our socks and make sure that when we go to Sundowns we fight as hard as we can to come away with a point. We got to be cautious and try get away with a point because they are in the running to win the league again."
Johnson's charges also have to contend with their CAF Confederation Cup commitments.
Stars will open their Group B campaign against MC Alger on the weekend of May 12-14, with matches to follow against CS Sfaxien and Mbabane Swallows.