Nottingham director of rugby Glenn Delaney praised his side's spirit following their narrow 26-28 home defeat against Bedford on Sunday.
The Green & White trailed by 14 points going into the final quarter but a dramatic finish almost saw them fight back to secure victory at Meadow Lane.
Delaney told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We were practically out of the game.
"But to come back and give ourselves a chance of sneaking the win shows what character the squad has got."
Delaney added: "We played very well for 20 minutes and almost took a win from the game.
"In the end we paid the price for a poor first half in which we didn't get enough ball and couldn't hang on to the ball we did get."
Nottingham scored three tries in an impressive end to the game, with a brace from Michael Holford and one from David Jackson.
But despite edging ahead 26-23, the Blues nudged back in to a 26-28 lead with a try from replacement Sean Tomes two minutes from time.
Nottingham did get one last chance to clinch victory, but a last-minute Keiran Hallet penalty from the halfway line went just wide.