Redruth head coach Steve Larkins said he was pleased with how his side competed in their 12-10 loss at Worthing in National Two South.
Mathew McLean's penalties put the home side 9-0 in front just after half-time, before tries from Chris Fuca and Ben Priddey saw Redruth go a point ahead.
But McLean's fourth penalty three minutes from time sealed the win.
"I think we played particularly well, especially in the last half an hour," Larkins told BBC Radio Cornwall.
"We were strong in defence and I think we showed that we were fit enough to compete with the best teams in this league, and it's just a shame we couldn't convert it."
His side have lost four of their five matches away from home this season, but in all five defeats his side have come away with a bonus point.
"We're pleased with the way we're going, were not getting beaten by 20, 30 or 40 points," added Larkins.
"What it came down to was the fact that we travelled up this morning and some of the boys felt a bit heavy-legged after the coach journey - and it did take us 20 or 30 minutes to get into the game.
"But towards the end we were firing and really pushing it all the way."