Motherwell manager Stuart McCall was magnaminous in defeat after the 2-0 Scottish Premier League loss at Hearts.
After Motherwell's second away loss of the season, McCall was generous with his praise of the home side.
"We've no divine right to turn up and win a game and remember Hearts are a good team.
"For all their problems off the park, they (Hearts) showed that out there today and the best side won," McCall told BBC Radio Scotland.
"We had two or three lads who had their poorest game of the season but I can't be over critical of them as we kept going to the end."
The Steelmen's boss regretted a poor start to the match as their oppoents hit the Tynecastle turf running.
"We lost two poor goals giving them a good start and we never really created enough at the other end to get back in the game," said McCall.
McCall also admitted that suspended midfielder Steve Jennings' absence had an impact.
"We probably did miss him, but that's nothing against Stephen Hughes," McCall said.
"Just as a group, we didn't perform as well as we have been doing."
McCall is eager for a response against Dunfermline next week.
He added: "We've been a lot better this season and the lads in the dressing room know that. They have been outstanding so far this season so hopefully it's just a blip and we can prove that in our next match on Wednesday.
"I know our home record hasn't been the best but I've told the lads not to be too disappointed.
"We're in a good position so there are lots of positives for Motherwell at the moment."