Heanor Town boss Glen Clarence has praised the effort of his side, despite their third straight defeat.
The Lions put in a much improved performance as they were beaten 1-0 by Pickering Town.
But Clarence said he was happy with the players and the response they had given him.
“I’m in a better mood than last week,” he said. “Last week I thought the lads let us down, but this was a totally different story.
“They gave us everything until the end and simply didn’t stop.
“Pickering had a free-kick early on that has gone through our wall for the goal, after that they only had one or two chances.
“At the end we were camped in their half, the ball was bouncing around inside the penalty area.
“It’s the old adage that you make your own luck, I disagree because we’ve given everything today and got nothing, and it’s as simple as that.
“Last week we deserved to be downbeat after the performance.
“For me everyone did well today, but my man of the match is Sean Gregory. Sean has done exactly what we have brought him to the club to do.
“He got in people’s face, won the ball back and passed it well. He didn’t give up and even had shots on goal in the 90th minute.
“We may have earned no points, but I’m taking the positives, we’re going into a massive game next week and we have to take the positives.”
The result leaves Heanor, who saw Nathan Benger return for his third spell at the club, ninth in the NCEL table, their lowest position all season.
Attention now turns to the FA Vase where Heanor Town will be hoping to keep their Wembley dream alive when they face former winners Dunston UTS on Saturday.
And as well as moving one step nearer to the showpiece final, both clubs will be playing for a vital £2,000 in funding.
Coach Steve Huntington said: “Dunston are a very good side, before the weekend they were fourth in the Northern League, a league which is deemed to be the best at step five in the country.
“I think our league is up there with them now. They will be a strong, physical, well organised side.
“We’ve had them watched and managed to get a few scouting reports on them. I don’t want anyone out there thinking we are going into this game as favourites, we’re not.
“They are second favourites to win the Vase and have a lot of players still in the ranks from 2012 when they won the competition.
“We’ve just said in the changing rooms that our preparation starts now, that is the way we’re going to go about it.