Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner was pleased with the character his players showed in their 3-2 defeat at MK Dons.
MK Dons went ahead after just three minutes through Dele Alli's header, but Shrewsbury quickly hit back when Ryan Woods turned in Aaron Wildig's low cross.
Everton loanee Chris Long's big moment came after 21 minutes when he forced in the rebound after Shrews goalkeeper Chris Weale had done well to keep out Dean Lewington's header.
Dean Bowditch, who stepped off the bench after long-term injury, then struck only four minutes after coming on when he bent a superb shot into the far corner before Joe Jacobson's well-taken goal with four minutes left gave the visitors hope.
Turner said: "I thought our second-half performance, particularly when we went 3-1 down, showed a lot of character.
"To concede the opening goal like we did was a disastrous start as we had been looking to press them higher up the pitch and straight away our game-plan goes out of the window.
"We then got ourselves back into the game in the second half and gave it a real go.
"When they scored their third goal I thought we were having a spell where we were right on top and looked more likely to score.
"With the number of set-pieces and crosses we were putting into the box, I felt we should have got on the end of some of those and we should have done better.
"But we kept going even when we went 3-1 down and credit to the players for really working hard at that stage."