Joint manager Lee Canoville felt Boston United could take positives from their 2-1 defeat by promotion-chasing Guiseley in Blue Square Bet North.
The Pilgrims led through Marc Newsham but the hosts replied with a goal in each half from Andy Holdsworth.
Canoville told BBC Lincolnshire: "We would have taken a draw here. They're a good side and we were well in the game.
"We were a bit sloppy at times going forward but we defended well and we can take a lot of positives."
Newsham's seventh-minute strike gave the Pilgrims the lead but Guiseley levelled 10 minutes later through Holdsworth's deflected free-kick.
Ian Ross twice went close for Boston in the second half before Holdsworth lashed home the 77th-minute winner.
"We did well today but we're disappointed to lose," said Canoville. "But it's no good playing OK against the big sides and coming away with no points.
"That's frustrating and it's something we've got to sort out quickly. We're not far away but it hurts to lose games and I think this team is good enough now to put a run together."