Truro City boss Lee Hodges says his team have "over-achieved" after ending their first season in Blue Square Bet South with a 1-1 draw with Dartford.
Barry Hayles gave City an 87th minute lead, but they could not hold on as Jacob Erskine hit an equaliser in the dying seconds of the match.
"I think we've over-achieved and the boys and staff have been brilliant," Hodges told BBC Radio Cornwall.
"I've learnt so much this season and hope I can take that into next season."
He added: "To compete with the small squad we've had has been brilliant, the aim for next season is to keep as many as possible and just add to it."
But Hodges says he was a little disappointed not to end the season with victory over a Dartford side which had already clinched second place in the league.
"The last 30 seconds summed our season up totally.
"The boys have dug in and a bit of quality from Barry Hayles, he tucked it away and maybe we'd hold out.
"It would have been a lovely finish to the season but it wasn't to be.
"I'm bitterly disappointed with the way it finished but I can't pat the boys on the back enough, they've been phenomenal all season."