Preston boss Graham Westley purred with delight after seeing his team race into a 3-0 lead inside 35 minutes at Scunthorpe thanks to a hat-trick from midfielder Nicky Wroe.
But he was disappointed his players took their foot off the pedal and allowed the hosts to come fighting back to lose 3-2.
"For 35-40 minutes I thought our football was a joy to watch," said Westley. "It was a perfect away performance, we really put on a show.
"I have been asking Nicky (Wroe) to get forward into the box more and his finishing was excellent. It was disappointing to concede a goal just before half-time and we were not as positive as I would have liked in the second half. We sat back rather than taking the game to Scunthorpe again.
"It was also disappointing to concede a second goal and in the end we needed a good save from our keeper Steve Simonsen to stop Scunthorpe equalising. It did get a bit nervy in the end, but I always felt we were still in control of the game in the second half. I could never see us not winning it."
Westley was pleased to see Preston get back on course with a first win in four games.
"We had lost out way a bit in the last few weeks," he confessed. "But we have a new team that is evolving. They want to learn and I was delighted that we saw the game out to take away the three points. Although I was disappointed with the goals we conceded, overall I was delighted with the performance. There was plenty we can take from it for the future."
Iron boss Alan Knill knows his side must improve defensively if they are to claw themselves away from the bottom of the table.
"We won't win games if we go 3-0 down at home conceding the sort of poor goals we did," said Knill, whose side are now without a win in six games.
"We are saying the same old thing every week about the goals we are conceding. We give the players all the information they need, but they are not learning. It is costing us so much. I certainly don't want to see us struggling near the bottom of the table and I can understand the frustration of the fans."