Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley says he has “pride” despite the Mariners’ 1-0 Sky Bet League Two defeat to Mansfield Town at Blundell Park.
Neal Bishop’s 22nd-minute header brought Town’s four-game winning run to an end on New Year’s Day.
But Town boss Jolley said his injury-hit squad gave everything they had to try and get a result, and keep their unbeaten run going.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “We gave it more than a good go. We were playing a team who’s unbeaten away from home all season, and they’ve only lost one league game.
“We had injuries, and players playing out of their preferred positions, and then Andrew Fox had to come off ill at half time, and Martyn Woolford came on at left-back.
“And yet, despite all that, our players gave absolutely everything they had to try and get a result from the game.
“So the defeat stings, like it always does, but there’s some pride there in terms of the way we went about it.
“We’ve taken 12 points out of 15. If you’d have offered most managers 12 points out of 15, I think most would take that.
“We’ve got a team that is absolutely giving everything for the cause, and I think the supporters can hopefully see that.
“We’ve come a long way, and there’s still a long way to go, and we intend to try and keep moving forwards.”
Town are back in action against Crystal Palace in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup at Selhurst Park on Saturday (5.30pm).