Charlie Mulgrew insists Rovers will learn from the mistakes of Saturday's 2-1 loss to Southend United.
Rovers were given a rough welcome to League One life at Roots Hall as they suffered an opening day defeat.
The Scottish international felt they knew what was in store against the Shrimpers, but that they simply failed to deliver on the day.
"We're devastated," said the Rovers captain. "The lads are gutted in there, we are going to have to learn from it and move on.
"We were well aware coming into it what it would be like. Maybe we needed a test like that for it to really hit home.
"If we didn't realise it before then we realise it now that we are in for a battle this year.
"The manager has had a go at us and rightly so, he's told us to step up and be counted and show a bit of character."
The Scottish international has been handed the captain's armband for this season, and whilst he admits it was a proud moment to lead the Rovers out, he knows that it is all about performances as a team.
"It was a proud moment for myself to captain a club like this," he added. "I'm thankful for the opportunity.
"But the most important thing is the team and hopefully the performances will come in the coming weeks."
Rovers are back in action this Tuesday night when they travel to take on Coventry City in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
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