Andy Scott was delighted with the performance of his Aldershot side but not entirely pleased with the result as they came away from Rochdale with a 1-1 draw, insisting his relegation-threatened charges had done more than enough to warrant all three points.
The Shots were the better side in a first half which saw the visitors pose plenty of questions towards the latter stages as Rochdale limped in at the interval fortunate to keep their clean sheet intact.
Yet Dale striker George Donnelly handed the hosts the initiative with a 52nd-minute opener, collecting Michael Rose's through ball and slipping a neat finish past Jamie Young.
But Aldershot hit back when Adam Mekki capitalised on a slip from goalkeeper Josh Lillis, who spilled Ben Herd's free-kick straight to the substitute. Asa Hall then almost compounded Dale's disappointment when he struck the woodwork from distance.
"I do not know how we haven't won that," said Scott afterwards. "I would go as far as saying it's our best performance since I have been in charge.
"Their 'keeper made three fantastic saves and I don't know how we have only scored one goal. We went 1-0 down but we recovered well and should have won the game but it's ifs and buts and we have got to move on now.
"Our Achilles heel has been scoring this season and it showed again as we had plenty of chances. But we gave our all on the pitch and if we play like that we will win games. We have got to keep believing."
Rochdale manager Keith Hill insisted the important thing for his side was not to concede ground in the battle at the bottom of the table, with the Lancashire outfit climbing one place in the table to 17th and stretching their advantage over the bottom two to seven points.
"From my point of view it's advantage Rochdale with respect to staying in this division," he said. "It was definitely a point gained, it always is. That was the real mental test for us of the two games we have this weekend. For Aldershot it was a free hit.
"They were playing away from home and trying to drag us into the relegation battle. Their pressure game will come on Monday when they play at home and have their own supporters a bit anxious about the position they are in."