Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal showed no signs of disappointment as his side lost their final game of the regular season to fellow play-off contenders Fulham.
Carvalhal made ten changes to the side that won at Ipswich last week, with Kieran Lee the only survivor.
They more than held their own for much of the game and went ahead through the returning Sam Winnall.
However, an equaliser from Neeskens Kebano which was followed by a red card for Marco Matias after a rash challenge on Sone Aluko, put the Owls on the back foot.
Fulham went on to win it through Kebano's glancing header in the second half.
But Carvalhal was content with how the team performed, as their superb six-match winning run came to an end, with the much more important matter of a play-off semi-final with Huddersfield Town looming on the horizon.
"I am happy with the way they fought at the end. This game was not important in the scoreline, it was important to give my players time ahead of the play-offs," said Carvalhal.
"It is our priority to try and protect players in terms of injuries and red cards for the play-offs - that is a priority. I would be a very stupid person to lose three or four players in a game that doesn't matter and not have them for the play-off semi-final.
"We will be ready, we had a fantastic season, we achieved with a good set of results - this is most important to us and now we are ready."