Truro City boss Steve Tully says he is impressed with his players, despite their 11-game unbeaten run in National League South coming to an end.
The White Tigers lost 2-1 at high-flying Maidstone United as they tasted league defeat for the first time since the end of August.
"We're really disappointed with the result, but not by the way we played," Tully told BBC Radio Cornwall.
"I'm delighted that our players kept going, we could have nicked a point."
The loss did not dent Truro's league position, with Tully's side staying eighth in National League South.
And Tully says his side, which were promoted to English football's sixth tier at the end of last season, deserve to be as high as they are in the division.
"I believe we're a good team, I think we can play at this level and I think we can push on," he continued.
"We're not far away, and I believe if we keep this consistency in the players and the standard of play that we keep playing, we're not going to be far away."