Sheffield co-boss David Hoggart praised the character of his depleted side after they suffered a narrow 53-42 defeat at Rye House on Saturday.
With Simon Stead, Richard Hall, Joe Haines and Damien Koppe all missing, the Owlerton outfit put in a battling display before eventually missing out on a point.
And although they are still left searching for their first victory on their travels in 2013, Hoggart was encouraged by the performance. He commented: “It was a cracking meeting and considering we had a patched up side I thought we did very well.
“To be in with a chance of a point even going into the last heat was a pretty good achievement to be honest.
“We made a slow start, but we fought very hard to get back into the meeting and it’s just a shame we couldn’t quite take a point at the end.”
The Window Centre Tigers got off to a nightmare start as four consecutive Rye House 5-1s put them 16 behind after six races.
However, they recovered to launch an unlikely comeback in the closing stages – with former Tigers favourite Josh Auty and American ace Ricky Wells leading the charge.
Auty – guesting for Simon Stead at No 1 – took a crucial victory whilst taking a tactical ride in heat 11 before another heat 13 triumph as he put in a determined display.
Meanwhile, Wells returned from World Cup duty in fine style – leading heat advantages in heats 12 and 14 to give his side hope in the closing stages.
Yet despite their valiant efforts, the star duo were unable to snatch an unlikely point as they were left trailing in a nervy last-heat decider.
Rye House 53: Tyson Nelson 12+2, Anders Mellgren 11+2, Jason Bunyan 11, Pontus Aspgren 7+1, Kasper Lykke 6, Nicolai Klindt 4+1, Ben Morley 2+1.
Sheffield 42: Josh Auty 13, Ricky Wells 12+1, Facundo Albin 6+1, Andre Compton 5+1, James Sarjeant 5+1, Adam Roynon 1, Richard Hall r/r.