Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs admitted the 2-1 defeat to Raith Rovers was tough to take after they allowed Rangers to draw level with them in the Scottish Championship table.
Hibs had the majority of the chances but goals from Mark Stewart and Lewis Vaughan either side of a Fraser Fyvie goal meant the points stayed in Kirkcaldy.
"It's a really tough one to be honest," he told BBC Scotland.
"It's one of those where I think everybody will look back and scratch their head and wonder how have we lost the game. But, that's football, it can be a cruel game at times."
Stubbs refused to criticise his side, who remain in second place on goal difference.
"We've created a lot of opportunities but we've not taken them and when you don't do that there's the potential for results like this to happen," he added.
"There's no panic stations. That's the best we've played for a number of weeks.
"You can't criticise the players for the way they've played, the most disappointing thing is the result.
"I can't fault their effort, the way they played, chances created. The stats won't lie today but maybe the result did."
Rangers, who were winners at Easter Road last Sunday have a game in hand over Hibs but Stubbs refutes any suggestion his team are feeling the heat.
"It's a nice pressure as it means we're challenging for something," he said.
"I'd rather have the pressure of trying to achieve something at the top than at the bottom. I'll take that all day long."
Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray saw his men win their third game in a row after victories over Queen of the South and Alloa, and has not given up hope of a play-off place.
The Kirkcaldy side are four points behind fourth-placed Falkirk, who they visit next weekend.
He said: "There's still a gap. The teams that are above us are in a favourable position.
"We've still got six games to go. It's been fantastic, it's taken a lot of work to get the three wins back to back and we would love to do it again next week, but we realise that we've got to go again through the week.
"We've got to rest up - we've got injuries and suspensions at this moment in time - but we've just got to focus on winning as many games as we can from now until the end of the season."