Nottingham director of rugby Glenn Delaney says his side are not far off Worcester despite a 25-19 defeat at the hands of the ex-Premiership outfit.
The Green and Whites took a losing bonus point in Friday night's defeat, pushing the Championship winners all the way for a second time this season.
"We've had two games where we have finished within seven points," he said.
"I get the feeling we are a side nipping away at their heels," Delaney told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"We're not the finished article. We're not where Worcester are at. They are a very well-run club who have had huge experience in the Premiership.
"We have a lot of respect for clubs like that. We want to learn from them and we want to be in that position."
After seeing his side once take the seemingly unstoppable Warriors the distance, Delaney admitted: "My guys put in a huge effort.
"When you're up against a high-powered, costly organisation you can take a lot of pride from playing well against a good team but not winning.
"That bonus point is big. We want to have a good experience in these play-offs and keep pushing for that semi-final spot, which I firmly believe we can attain."