Gary Bowyer praised his side's never say die attitude as they went down 3-2 at home to Derby County on Wednesday.
Rovers started brightly against the Rams as Ben Marshall opened the scoring inside a minute, but a brace from Jamie Ward either side of a Will Hughes strike put the visitors firmly in control.
Rudy Gestede's fourth goal of the campaign gave Rovers hope going into the final ten minutes of the match as the home side laid siege to the Derby goal.
Tom Cairney was twice denied, Corry Evans saw an overhead kick tipped over, whilst debutant Shane Duffy almost scored with his first touch only to see his header hit the crossbar.
There was certainly no lack of effort, but try as they might, Rovers couldn't grab a late equaliser as they suffered their first home league defeat of the season.
"I think a draw was the least we deserved," Bowyer told Radio Rovers after the match. "Especially in the second half where Lee Grant has pulled off numerous saves.
"I thought he and Richard Keogh were their best players, that tells you how the game went.
"Credit to the players, towards the end we just needed it to drop, Corry's overhead kick, Tom Cairney's efforts, Shane Duffy hits the bar, they never gave up, they don't know how to accept defeat and that is massive progress for this football club.
"For the last ten minutes we were camped in their half, putting balls into the box, we had a right good go but sometimes you don't get what you deserve.
"The players should hold their heads up because we ran them really close. This is a team that almost got promoted to the Premier League last season, they were hanging on at the end, we should have got more than we ended up with.
"The fans applauded the players off the pitch because of the effort that they put in, it is just a shame that we didn't give them at least a point."