Bolton defender David Wheater felt his side were unfortunate to suffer a 1-0 home defeat to local rivals Burnley.
The 26-year-old returned to the first team for Tuesday's East Lancashire derby after being sidelined since September with a cruciate knee ligament injury.
But he could not prevent Bolton from slipping to a narrow reverse, with Sam Vokes scoring the only goal of the game in the 58th minute.
The Trotters currently sit in 19th position in the Sky Bet Championship and Wheater is determined to improve their standing and to help them move away from the relegation zone.
Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "It was disappointing that we couldn't get something from the game as, especially in the first half, I felt like we gave a really good account of ourselves.
"It was hard coming up against players like Sam Vokes and Danny Ings who are in such great form - with Vokes, he's a big lad who can win headers very easily and then you've got Ings who is very quick and can run in behind.
"Saying that, until Burnley scored I felt like we kept them both pretty quiet and we did well.
"On a personal level, I think I did okay once I'd settled back into the game and it felt great to be back out there."
Bolton's next match pits them against fellow relegation candidates Milwall, and Wheater knows the trip to the Den will be tough.
He added: "Saturday is going to be a hard game, especially with the atmosphere that their fans create down there. I thrive off places like that though - I feel like it spurs you on to work harder and prove a point.
"It's not going to be easy but if we keep doing as we have been, create a few more chances and finish teams off, the results will come."