Dagenham boss John Still refused to be downcast despite his side losing 3-1 to Crawley to record their fourth consecutive league defeat.
The loss is also Still's ninth in 10 games. Daggers had lead through a ninth-minute goal from Oliver Lee, but leaders Crawley battled back to secure maximum points with a penalty from Matt Tubbs and further goals from Sergio Torres and substitute Jon-Paul Pittman.
Dagenham battled for 73 minutes with 10 men following a straight red card to Scott Doe in the incident which led to Tubbs levelling from the spot.
"Our display was very good and it wasn't terrible when we lost at home to Aldershot last weekend," Still said.
"We started well, got an early goal, but the sending-off hurt us and then conceding the second goal on the stroke of half-time set us back.
"But I was encouraged by our performance. I told the players at half-time we must come away with positives and I believe we did this."