Charlie Mulgrew made his first Rovers appearance in over a month on Saturday afternoon, but was left "gutted" following a rare home defeat.
Bristol City narrowly edged a tightly contested encounter, with Eros Pisano's close range finish from a Callum O'Dowda corner proving decisive at Ewood Park.
Mulgrew, who last played on January 5th at Newcastle United in the Emirates FA Cup, made his return in place of the injured Darragh Lenihan at the heart of defence.
And speaking afterwards, the skipper's disappointment was obvious.
“It’s disappointing to lose any game, especially at home," he reflected to iFollow Rovers.
"It was a big game with Bristol City coming to us in 6th. We’re left gutted because we did enough to win the game.
“We restricted them to very little, so we’re disappointed to lose a goal to a set piece.
“I thought we created the better chances and were solid, but in the Championship, when you lose a man in the box, you get punished.
“We have to make sure that those sort of results go our way, and we can only do that by doing the simple things well.
“We defended set pieces well aside from that one in the final 10 minutes. The worst case scenario would have seen us come away with a 0-0 draw."
It was a game of few opportunities, and Mulgrew admitted that he felt just the one goal would win it - which ultimately proved to be the case.
“Even at half time you felt one goal would do it," he added.
"We believed we would get it, but it didn’t work out that way.
“We got into some right good areas. Had we got the goal then the game could have gone in our favour. It didn’t and we’re left gutted."