Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper hailed his side after the 4-2 extra time defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
Swindon dominated their Championship visitors for much of the tie which was locked a 1-1 at 90 minutes.
Brighton went 3-1 up in extra time but Town fought back again with a goal Yaser Kasim before Brighton got a second penalty.
Cooper said: "I think I take everything from it. The thing that stands out for me is nearly every Brighton player, their manager and their coaching staff came to find me at the end and just said what a fantastic football team you have.
"I've relayed that to the players and told them if you take anything from tonight take that with you, because if you believe in that performance and you believe how good you are then you can go as far as you want. Even with nine-and-half-men at the end we played brilliantly.
"Our players were incredible, to play the football we did against a Championship team and at times to be so dominant, is credit to the players. They will deserve every plaudit they get tonight."
Town midfielder Ben Gladwin suffered torn ankle ligaments during the match and will be out for some time.
Michael Smith and George Barker also suffered injuries, while skipper Nathan Thompson will serve a one-match suspension after his late dismissal for a second yellow card.