Tony Mowbray was content with what he saw from his team after Rovers recorded an opening pre-season victory of the summer at Barrow.
Joe Nuttall fired home the winner in the second half to grab a deserved win for the visitors, who bossed a lot of the game at Holker Street.
An own goal handed Mowbray's men the lead in the first half before Scott Quigley equalised before the break from close range.
Rovers showed more control in the second 45 minutes, with trialist Charlie Adam impressing in the middle of the park, and the boss was pleased with some positive signs in Cumbria.
“A lot of our players got 45 minutes of football with a lot of our young players out there," he reflected after the game.
“Our international players - Mulgrew, Evans, Leutwiler and Nyambe - weren’t ready for the game and that was why they were left at home.
“It went okay on what was a sticky pitch. When we turned up the pitch looked very good and Barrow have to be given a lot of credit for getting such a good surface.
“It was good that a lot of our players got game time and it was good for our young players to experience a manager shouting in their ear.
“The second half was better from us, we controlled the game with Charlie Adam in the midfield," he added when discussing the experienced ex-Liverpool and Stoke City midfielder's display.
“Barrow had a lot of young, athletic players in their ranks and it was a big game for them.
“These are not easy games. You hope you come to Barrow, no disrespect to them, and sore a few goals, but they always make it difficult for you.
“I remember coming here a couple of years ago, before our League One campaign, and Danny Graham scoring late on to win.
“Overall there was a lot of positives but a lot of things to work on as well.”