Richard Keogh believes Coventry can take plenty of positives from their weekend showing against Southampton, despite suffering a 4-2 defeat.
The Sky Blues displayed commendable fighting spirit against the table-topping Saints during a keenly-fought Championship fixture at the Ricoh Arena.
The hosts trailed 2-0 at the interval, but hit back through Lukas Jutkiewicz and Clive Platt to haul themselves level with 20 minutes remaining.
In the end the Saints proved too strong, but Keogh feels Coventry showed enough over the course of 90 minutes to prove that they are a better side than their standing in 23rd place suggests.
He told the club's official website: "We conceded a couple of sloppy goals in a scrappy first half but we changed our tact after half-time and when we got the equaliser I thought there was only one team who was going to go on and win it.
"The manager told us at half-time to get more amongst Southampton because we maybe showed them a bit too much respect in the first half, once we did get closer to them I thought we looked the better side.
"We went into the game positively and despite this result we know we can mix it with the best in the league.
"We were disappointed with the goals we conceded and how we conceded them, but if we can keep up the kind of attitude and performance that got us back level in the game then we will win more than we lose."