Ryan Ferguson said the better team lost on Saturday as Montrose went out of the Petrofac Training Cup after a 1-0 defeat to Forfar Athletic.
The Gable Endies were well on top in the first half and only a deflected free kick in the 79th minute could separate the Angus rivals.
Ryan admitted there were lots of positives to take from the outing, but it was gutting to go out after such a display.
He said: “I thought we played really well. It’s a disappointing goal to lose, a soft foul and then the free kick clips off the wall.
“I felt we were the better team over the 90 minutes.
“The manager was really positive after the game and so were the boys, we can take a lot from that performance. I think we can learn from it and take it into the season. It’s a good start.
We can go into the Hibs game positive, we’ve nothing to worry about. We go in as underdogs with nothing to fear, and try to put in another performance like that.Ryan Ferguson
“I’ve noticed a lot of progression while I’ve been here. The vibe around the club was good when I came in, that’s why I came in, but since then it’s just been building up over the weeks and we’ve really been looking forward to the start of the season.
“It’s a good group, we all work hard as you saw against Forfar. The goals will come as the games go on.
“You wouldn’t have known the centre halves had never played together, the back four was solid and you can’t blame anyone for the goal.”
Ferguson was a key performer for Montrose and linked well on the left with ex-Loon Andrew Steeves.
The former Brechin lad made several driving runs and always looked a threat feeding Gary Fraser and Dale Reid up front.
It will be a different game against Hibernian on Saturday but Ryan believes his side can go and enjoy themselves as the huge underdogs.
He said: “I’m enjoying myself here. The shape was really good. We can go into the Hibs game positive, we’ve nothing to worry about. We go in as underdogs with nothing to fear, and try to put in another performance like that.
“We’re happy after that and we’ll keep moving on week by week. It’s consistency we need in the league.
“The one thing we’re trying to get away from is looking down the league like last year. The group is very positive and I believe we can do that this year, and get up the league.”