Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson accepted that his side couldn't live with Wasps after their heavy 70-22 loss on Sunday.
The Premiership newcomers attempted to try and pick up a try bonus point in the second-half with the result long gone. However they fell short of scoring the necessary four, finishing with three tries from Jack Lam, Mitch Eadie and Gaston Cortes.
After a bright start to the season when they were narrowly beaten by Harlequins it has been tough going for Bristol in their last two games, with losses to Northampton and now Wasps.
Robinson however called on his group to "stick together" to get their season back on track. Bristol's next game is back at Ashton Gate, hosting Exeter Chiefs.
“You can learn a little bit from it but ultimately it is about being able to control the football and look after it, and make sure your defensive line is constantly making good decisions when it is stretched," Robinson said.
“Today we made a couple of disappointing decisions where we were giving them too much space on the outside and good sides exploit that space.
“We said at half-time that it was vital for us to see if we could chase the bonus point and we weren’t able to do that. But the endeavour to do that was good and we scored two tries from lineouts and one really good attack.
“We know we are going to get days like this and I said to the squad after the game that if you stick together and keep working hard then you will turn this around.”