Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards felt his side were their own worst enemy after they lost their Premiership opener 21-0 to Bath.
The competition new-boys couldn't cope with the rain and strong winds while a lack of clinical finishing saw them go down to their visitors.
"We got ourselves into the right positions at times but we managed to shoot ourselves in the foot on occasions but it's something we will take heart from," Richards revealed at Kingston Park.
"We just need to be a bit more clinical in what we do. The first half we didn't take our chances and they went in with points up.
"We didn't have quite the unity of turnovers as we would have hoped and we didn't capitalise on having the elements with us and playing in the right areas as we should have done.
"That's life. You have to learn from these mistakes and we will do."
George Ford kicked three penalties and a conversion with prop Anthony Perenise crossing from a rolling maul for Bath, with a late penalty try boosting the final score in Newcastle.
"We had a lot of possession in the first half and we didn't make that possession tell," Richards added.
"It's a long season and it's not about today, it's where we finish at the end of the year. With Quins we came up and it was very difficult. Last season London Welsh had a great start but still went down."