Northampton scrum-half Lee Dickson was proud of the performance of his side despite their 26-17 defeat to Montpellier over the weekend.
After a gritty Champions Cup showing, the Saints now switch their attention to prepare to travel to rivals Leicester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Dickson believes they can take confidence into that game and thereafter.
“I said straight after the game how proud I was of the team,” Dickson told SaintsTV.
“We had quite a young team out there with a few inexperienced players but how they played today was outstanding; some of them were like men possessed.
“We knew it was a big pack, a big set of forwards but every man fronted up. There are some what-ifs, like just before half time we had a very good line-break but dropped the ball and after half time when we thought George had scored.
“But they’re all what-ifs. They finished their tries and it was a good game of rugby so I can’t be more proud of the people in the changing room right now.
“Going forward now, that’s how we want to play rugby. We want to play with smiles on our faces, we want to play running rugby.
“We’ve got a mobile pack and good back lines, I think JJ stood flat and distributed well, and if we get the ball to the likes of George North, or Juan’s hands or Ace, that’s the kind of rugby we want to play.
“As the weather gets a bit better and the pitches get a bit firmer, we want to be playing running rugby.”
He added on the Montpellier loss: “We’ve got to take the positives in that we’ve come away from home, where people had written us off and thought it might have been fifty points, and we’ve showed how good we are.
“I said in the changing room just now that the group of players in there now are going to lead for the next two weeks into this Anglo-Welsh Cup.
“We’re going to go full bore at this Cup and we want to win it.”