Rob Burrow, who was at the heart of a stirring Leeds fightback at Wembley, blamed their slow start for losing the Challenge Cup final.
He began the match on the bench as Wigan raced into a 16-0 lead and depsite praise for the team performance, Burrow says the plaudits count for little in the final analysis.
"It's all about the result. We didn't get the result so we're bitterly disappointed," he said.
"I think the start was the big thing. Going 16-0 down against Wigan means you're chasing your backs.
"But we showed a lot of character and we can take a lot from that."
Coach Brian McDermott has just five days to pick his side up for Friday's final home game of the regular season against Wakefield but Burrow believes they will be erady.
"We've got two games in the League left and that's all we can focus on but we'll take a lot from this. We can kick on for the league. That's all that's left now," he said.