Peterhead manager Jim McInally cut an optimistic figure despite his side being held to a 1-1 draw by Berwick Rangers at Balmoor.
On a day where League Two leader Montrose also dropped points, it means the Blue Toon are still six points behind in the race for the title and automatic promotion.
However, McInally saw the positives as his team, hit by injuries and suspensions – they lost Jack Leitch before kick-off – was able to fight their way back in the second period after conceding before the break.
McInally said: “We should have won the game, we didn’t play particularly well in the first half, but in the second half we played really well, but we just couldn’t finish some of our chances off.
“We had total domination the whole of the second half, so I can’t complain about the effort, it was really good.
“We had three young players, who went on as substitutes and made a big difference to the game.”
McInally added: “It’s just frustrating. If we go in at half-time 0-0, we win the game.
“But we make it so hard for ourselves sometimes. It was cheap (the Berwick goal), we could have had the ball cleared twice and that cost us dearly, it gave them a wee lift.
“The second half though, my players’ attitudes were spot on and we were just unlucky we couldn’t get a winner.
“It would have been more than deserved, but I did think our substitutes had a big impact on the game – Russell McLean, Aaron Norris and Scott Adams, two 19-year-olds and a 21-year-old.
“We ended up with a really young team on the pitch, which was pleasing as well.
“Russell McLean has played a good part in the season already.
“Aaron Norris came from Aberdeen, he’s a local Peterhead boy who’s come on in a couple of games and done well.
“He’s really pushing now to get himself in the team.
“Scott Adams was out on loan to Banks o’ Dee for a wee while to sharpen him up and it seems to have done the trick.
“If you take those three on top, Aidan McIlduff and Jason Brown at 21, Mason (Robertson) and Scott Brown at 23, it’s pleasing, especially the attitude.
“Berwick were very physical, a big strong side. they were trying to turn us and get it in behind to their big, tall striker, who’s very fast. I felt they bullied us a bit in the first half. In the second half we reversed the roles.”
It was Steven Thomson’s close-range finish which put Berwick, who sit eighth in the table, in front at Balmoor.
In the 76th minute, McLean was taken down by Robert Wilson in the box and a spot-kick was given.
Blue Toon talisman Rory McAllister stepped up to convert what was his 29th goal in 32 games so far this season.