John Sheridan has said the Plymouth Argyle supporters were "outstanding" in their 3-2 play-off semi-final first leg defeat by Wycombe.
The Pilgrims were three goals down after an hour, but late strikes from substitutes Zak Ansah and Jason Banton gave them hope ahead of the away leg.
"I'm relieved and I'm chuffed obviously," Sheridan told BBC Devon.
"I thought our supporters - and this is not me creeping - were absolutely outstanding and played a big part."
|Pilgrims previous play-off form|
|Plymouth have not appeared in the play-offs since the 1995-96 season, when they were managed by Neil Warnock.|
|The Pilgrims beat Darlington 1-0 in the final at the old Wembley to reach the third tier of English football.|
The attendance of more than 14,000 at Home Park was the biggest since the club came out of administration in 2011.
Despite the late rally, it was Plymouth's first home loss since the end of February.
"I couldn't really see us getting back in the game but we have so that's full credit to the players," added Sheridan.
"They've got the advantage and it's a good result for Wycombe, but I think Gareth [Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth] will be really down that it's ended 3-2."
Plymouth won 2-0 at Wycombe when the sides met in League Two in February - a repeat of that result in the second leg would see the Pilgrims through to the final.
The second leg takes place on Thursday at Adams Park.