Leicester coach Paul Burke was pleased with the second-half effort shown by his side in their 27-20 loss to Bath on Saturday.
The Tigers went to the Rec shorn of several of their best players due to injury, including Ben Youngs, Manu Tuilagi and Tom Croft.
Bath meanwhile backed up their impressive win over Newcastle on the opening weekend with a home victory over their fierce rivals, with Burke admitting the damage was done in the first half.
"We certainly gave ourselves a mountain to climb at 21-3 down," said Burke.
"At that stage they'd scored an interception try and finished an attack after we didn't get the ball off the pitch. But we felt we'd played some good rugby and created some opportunities which we failed to take.
"At half-time we still thought we could get ourselves back into the game. There were a few harsh words, the players were disappointed and we addressed one or two things.
"The effort the guys showed in the second half was incredible. They can hold their heads up.
"At half-time I felt we could still win this game, the boys felt that and at points in the second half we looked like we could do it. We created opportunities, we scored three good tries. Looking down the line, that holds us in good stead.
"We've got players missing but we've got a few on their way back and it was good to get Ed [Slater] out there for a full 80 minutes because he hasn't had much of a pre-season. Seb de Chaves made his first start for the club and Steve Mafi got some good game-time after just 40 minutes in the pre-season games.
"We're obviously disappointed to lose here, but to take a point and be in with a chance to win the game at the death says a lot for the guys."