Manager Gary Mills was devastated that his York side did not pick up a point at home to Exeter after they were beaten 2-1.
An own goal from Alex Rodman and Jimmy Keohane's strike, sandwiched by Michael Potts' leveller, proved enough to down the Minstermen, with Matty Blair missing a glorious chance to level the scores.
Despite the defeat, Mills is pleased with how his team have played over the festive period.
"We didn't deserve that, we've worked so hard over the last four games in the past two weeks, where I honestly believe we've played some excellent football. I was gutted to go in 1-1 at the break because I thought we were superb," he said.
"They've pressed us a bit more second half and we've not dealt with it as well as we possibly should, but it's hard on us not to get anything from this game. I feel gutted for the players because they've worked so hard.
"We will keep plugging away, I'm proud of my team this season and every time we play a team they know they've been in a game. Right to the death my players kept going.
"When you lose games sometimes it's easy to have a go at the team and individuals, but my players don't deserve that after the past four games and over the season. We'll keep going and make sure we do our job."