Neil Aspin said he wanted to focus on the positives after his FC Halifax Town side lost a thrilling game 4-3 at Luton.
Town raced into a 3-1 first-half lead at Kenilworth Road but the hosts levelled the score before half-time before notching the winner with seven minutes remaining.
The Shay boss praised his team’s efforts and said they bridged the gap between themselves and arguably the biggest club in the Skrill Premier.
He said: “It was a fantastic game. I want to take the positives from the game.
“There’s a massive difference in terms of the sizes of the clubs and finances but that wasn’t shown on the pitch today.
“I think that’s credit to the players, who’ve done fantastically well. I’m very proud of them.
“We didn’t just want to sit back and invite pressure, we’ve been positive and we looked very good going forward but we didn’t defend as well as we have been doing at the back.
“We were too open in the first-half but a lot better in the second-half.
“We went with three at the back and that tightened it up a lot more, but we haven’t had the luck once again.
“We’ve hit the woodwork a couple of times and you’re just hoping you could get the break.”
Aspin was upbeat about his team’s away form, despite the result extending his side’s search for a win on the road to six games.
He said: “I can take a lot of positives out of the game, we’ve played a lot of the fancied teams now and we’re giving a good account of ourselves.
“Obviously we need to defend better, there’s no question about that.
“The fans were obviously disappointed but they applauded them off at the end because they know the players gave their all.
“If we keep playing like that and keep competitive in every game we will pick up points away from home.”