I think the attitude is correct though, and it always bothers me a little when I see someone give up hope when the game is still going.
I just had this game https://boardgamearena.com/table?table=274640015 where I had a really tough first hand.
After 1 round the scores were
By mid second hand the scores were
I'm not only 40 points behind first, but I'm behind fourth place by 20.
After some luck in rounds 3 and 4, we start the 5th round with these scores below.
And with a lot of luck, I got the win. And you know what? It was a sweeter victory than most others
BTW, if you replay the game, I am taking chances and sometimes even taking rows on purpose those first two rounds trying to mitigate the damage because I think it could have been much worse.