Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear was happy with his side's performance in their Challenge Cup defeat by Super League strugglers London Broncos.
The Bulldogs lost 16-22, having trailed by 16 points early on.
"They've gone out battling, there's no doubt about that. They've given their all and you can't ask for more than that," he told BBC Radio Leeds.
"You have to compliment the effort and commitment of the players. When we were 16 down we could have been blown away."
He added: "One of the players said in the dressing room afterwards that we need to perform like this week in and week out in the league now and that is the challenge that we've set ourselves.
"We're on an upward improvement now, I thought we were superb today."