Kevin Blackwell urged his Bury side to be upbeat after what he felt was a "fantastic" performance at Yeovil on Saturday.
Goals from defender Byron Webster and Sam Foley sandwiched Dominic Poleon's equaliser and condemned Blackwell's Shakers, who had midfielder Zac Thompson sent off in the first half, to a 2-1 loss at Huish Park in League One.
Blackwell rued referee Stuart Attwell's decision to allow Webster's opener - believing goalkeeper Trevor Carson was fouled.
He said: "Every time the ball has gone in the box the referee has given a free-kick. There's no doubt that Trevor has dropped it, but as he turned the centre-half caught his arm so he couldn't use the other to pick it up. Those things happen when you're down when we are.
"I've got nothing but praise for the players, I thought they were fantastic. It didn't look like we were down to 10 men. We had some great chances and should have put them away, but when you're down there it's a bit cruel.
"I've said to the lads that they shouldn't get on the bus with their heads dropped - that was as good an away performance that I've seen in a long time, especially with 10 men."