Lee Johnson refused to be too hard on his Barnsley players after the sickening late defeat to rivals Doncaster Rovers.
Richard Chaplow’s last gasp goal gave Rovers all three points from a game Barnsley had control of for long periods.
And Johnson reiterated his belief that the Reds are close to being a force in League One.
“I was pleased with the players’ performance,” he said.
“I thought we were excellent, we ran the game really from about ten minutes all the way through to the 90th minute.
“On another day maybe we come out of that game winning rather comfortably.
“There was so many positives in that game.
“We’re very close to being a good side.
“I just think it’s these tiny little things that make such a difference.
“I couldn’t go too mad at them at the end because there was some good individual performances.”
Johnson believes Barnsley are beginning to find a consistent level of performance but challenged his players to maintain that.
He said: “We’ve seen some consistency in our performances over the last four or five games.
“We all know football and it can change quickly either way. We must stay on our guard and never relax but I do feel like we’re going into games with a good chance of getting a result.”