Cristian Brocchi says there were some encouraging signs from his Milan side who put in a spirited performance against Juventus in the Coppa Italia final.
The match, a closely contested affair in which Milan created the bulk of the scoring opportunities, was decided by substitute Alvaro Morata's extra-time goal.
After months of delivering substandard performances that infuriated the club's manager and supporters, the Rossoneri put on a display that pleased Brocchi.
"Nobody could say Milan did not put in a strong performance this evening," he told Rai Sport.
"I saw the right attitude, I saw something of mine in the team and their performance, but am also so disappointed by the result.
"It was decided by a single incident. We had plenty of chances and could've done better in our finishing, but that's the way it went.
"It was a counter-attack," he said of Morata's winner. "They went really rapidly and we were a little uncovered, but I don't think it was anyone's fault. We could've intercepted the counter earlier."
The manager's future at the club has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, with the club not qualifying for European football next year.
"I don't know [this performance] it can change anything, but tonight I saw the lads use the attitude I was asking for, to have that desire to win and determination. I saw my hand on the team tonight, so in that sense I am happy.
"Of course in my heart of hearts I want to stay on the Milan bench and if we analyse tonight's performance, I have to get at least some of the credit."