Paul Dickov heaped praise on his side despite seeing them let a two goal lead slip in the 2-2 draw at Wigan.
Goals from Theo Robinson and Chris Brown put Rovers in dreamland against the FA Cup holders.
But a Shaun Maloney free kick and Leon Barnett’s last minute strike secured a share of the spoils for the hosts. Dickov however, only wished to discuss the positives.
“I can’t speak highly enough of our boys,” he said.
“The desire to go out and do what I asked of them was incredible. It’s definitely a bit hard to stomach after being 2-0 up and wanting to try and see the game out.
“But Wigan have a team filled with internationals. To come here and compete the way we did gives us a lot of positives and shows how far we’ve come already.
“We could have gone 3-0 up but we hit the bar and even after they brought it back to 2-2 Billy Paynter might have won the game for us.
“Our enthusiasm and tenacity to compete and do well against a team like that was superb.”
Dickov confirmed that Richie Wellens - withdrawn after 51 minutes - suffered a dead leg in the first half.
“We believed and knew that we’d get chances tonight because of the way we play and how we took the game to them.
“There won’t be a lot of teams who go to Wigan and get a point playing the way that we did.”
Dickov also had plenty of praise for Rovers’ support who numbered around 1,500.
He said: “For them to come like they did on a Tuesday night after three straight home games was incredible.
“That can only fill the lads with confidence.”