Buckie Thistle boss Graeme Stewart was not downbeat despite a 3-0 home loss to Dundee United.
The Championship outfit were sharper than the Highland League title winners in this Betfred Cup group stage match and three first half goals secured victory.
But Jags manager Stewart was looking at the positives.
He said: “It was tough for us and after half an hour when you’re 3-0 down you’re worried it’s going to be more.
“We gave away a couple of silly goals, especially the third which was a free shot from a corner and I’m disappointed with that.
“I thought after that we played well and there wasn’t much in it for the last hour of the game.
“The first half hour they were sharp and a good team and we got caught.
“But in the second half I thought we dug in well.
“Obviously they’ve taken their foot off the gas and made a few subs.
“I thought we matched them well and it didn’t look like there was that much between us, although they were a bit sharper.
“Although I don’t like getting beat, I said to the players that 3-0 against them isn’t a bad result.”
Tannadice boss Ray McKinnon was impressed by Buckie and pleased that his side managed to make it two wins from two in the League Cup group stage.
He said: “There was some good stuff for us and we are happy because it was a good result.
“We’ll keep building for the season ahead but it was a tough game and the boys did well.
“Building fitness is important and we are still trying to get our sharpness, the guys were excellent in the first half but mentally tuned out a wee bit in the second half which is disappointing, but still had a few chances.
“Buckie were excellent, they’ve got a lot of pace and are a good team and I wish them well for the season.”
United went ahead on 17 minutes when Billy King crossed from the left, Lewis MacKinnon and John Maitland both when for the ball and it dropped for Paul McMullan at the back post to volley home.
It was two four minutes later when King drilled the ball low past Bell with his left foot from 25 yards.
In 34 minutes Mark Durnan volleyed home a James Keatings corner to make it 3-0. The second half was far more even and the Jags were unfortunate not to pull a goal back.