Crawley snatched a late point in a 1-1 draw at Carlisle, but boss Richie Barker wanted all three points.
The Red Devils were on course for a fifth straight League One defeat until Billy Clarke scored his side's first goal in five games in the 88th minute to cancel out Liam Noble's penalty.
Barker admitted: "The players are gutted they didn't win the game. A point is no more than we deserved. The lads are feeling devastated which I think is a positive.
"I couldn't see Carlisle scoring. We looked safe throughout the game apart from one silly mistake.
"Billy is bright and sharp and we needed fresh legs and a fresh impetus. If you don't shoot you don't score and he's a goalscorer. It was a bit lucky perhaps, but we didn't have much luck elsewhere.
"Over the last month or so we have cost ourselves half a dozen points with defensive mistakes.
"On the penalty their lad went down quite easily, but why don't you if someone is pulling your shirt."