Hartlepool United were "magnificent" in their defeat by Southend on Monday, according to boss Ronnie Moore.
Pools are one point clear of the League Two drop zone despite taking just one point from their two Easter fixtures.
"I thought second half we did everything but win the game. They were magnificent and have given everything," he told BBC Tees.
"The lads got a standing ovation even though we lost because the fans appreciate the effort they put in."
He added: "[Southend manager] Phil Brown knows he is a very lucky man to get away from here with the three points because I honestly believe that if we'd scored he'd have gone away with nothing."
The Victoria Park side were eight points adrift of safety after they lost to Burton on 7 March but a run of four wins and a draw from their five matches following the defeat by the Brewers saw them climb out of the relegation zone.
Despite Monday's reverse Moore remains upbeat about his side's survival chances.
"The fans have been fantastic. We'll have 2,000 at York on Saturday and you have to go out and fight and scrap for them," the 62-year-old said.
"Even though we lost the game there were lots of pleasing points for me. It's another game gone and we're still safe."