Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was not disheartened despite seeing his side lose 2-0 at home to Manchester City.
The Black Cats remain bottom of the Premier League and six points adrift of safety after goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane condemned them to another loss.
However the 22-year-old goalkeeper insisted there were positives to be taken from the game.
"They are one of the best teams in Europe so you have to dig in as a team and I thought it was a good effort by the lads but they scored two good goals," he told Sky Sports 1.
"From my point of view we stuck together well and kept working hard and kept to the game plan. I thought we did alright.
"We have a good couple of games coming up against the likes of Burnley and Hull. They're the games we will be targeting so we go from there.
"We go into every game hoping to get a result. Our effort was top drawer but the result wasn't to be."
Manager David Moyes added: "We are the ones chasing the pack, trying to catch the others up. We have games that give us an opportunity to win.
"With a bit of luck we might have (Jan) Kirchhoff, Victor Anichebe and maybe Lee Cattermole back, that would be a help."
City playmaker David Silva was named man-of-the-match after another classy performance, pulling the strings in midfield for the visitors.
The win was a fourth on the bounce for Pep Guardiola's side in the league, and Silva thinks his side are in peak form.
"The last two-three months are the most important of the season. We are happy and have to keep going," he said.
His manager added: "Of course it's a good victory for us and we will keep going. The intensity was there. We did it perfectly in Bournemouth in the last 10 or 15 minutes, not 35.
"But it's okay the next time it's not going to happen. But I saw many good things, a big congratulations on the performance and of course the three points."