Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams said he was "delighted" with his side's performance despite their League Cup exit to Gillingham on Tuesday.
Adams, 40, who joined the League Two Pilgrims from Ross County this summer, said there were positives to take.
"I don't like getting beat but I'm delighted with the way we played tonight," he told BBC Radio Devon.
"The fans have got to go away looking at it thinking 'we've got a decent side here'."
The Scottish manager believes the experience of playing against higher-tier opposition will benefit his squad.
Adams said: "I've taken a lot of heart against a good Gillingham side who have come here off the back of a very good win against Sheffield United."