Redruth boss Steve Larkins says winning two bonus points in the 29-27 loss at Cambridge shows how far his side has come in National Two South.
Ben Priddey scored a hat-trick for the Reds, who also got a penalty try, as they lost for just the second time in eight league matches.
"In previous years maybe it would have been a 20 or 30-point margin," he said.
"But we fought back and we deserved a bit more out of the game, even though we were happy with two points."
The result keeps the Reds in fifth place in National Two South, four points off fourth-placed Taunton, who have a game in hand, and 10 clear of sixth-placed Old Elthamians.
"We want to be playing against the top teams in the league and do well," Larkins added to BBC Radio Cornwall.
"We don't want to be playing against the top four and be being beaten by 50 or 60 points. I think we've turned a corner with games like that, which were one-sided when we were travelling away from home.
"Other teams in the league have realised that we can hold our own and even beat teams away from home, so we're pretty happy with it, even though there are always things to work on."