Melbourne Victory see green shoots of recovery in their otherwise demoralising A-League derby loss.
The 2-1 loss to Melbourne City consigned the champions slumped to a fourth straight defeat across a brutal 15-day stretch.
The history books will record it as the foundation A-League club's worst ever run but coach Kevin Muscat has a different view of Saturday night's performance.
"Once again, we come away wondering how we didn't get something out of the game," he said.
"The second half was as one sided a game as I've seen in the derby probably ever.
"I thought we were exceptional."
Victory were indeed unlucky to come up against Thomas Sorensen, in irrepressible form, in the City goal.
The former Danish international made a string of incredible saves, including five from Besart Berisha himself, in his best performance on Australian soil to date.
Berisha did break Victory's six-hour goalless run just prior to half-time, inspiring his team into action.
The volatile Albanian turned to the crowd, fist-pumping to fire up Victory fans and remonstrating with opposing City supporters.
As he went down the tunnel at half-time, Gui Finkler needed to restrain the striker, who flashed his wild eyes at the stands.
His on-field efforts brought praise from Muscat.
"I never single out individuals but he was brilliant tonight and he's played every minute of the three games," he said.
"He does inspire and he's infectious."
Victory slumped to fifth with the loss but with matches against three of the bottom four in the next three weeks, Muscat is calm.
"In terms of the points return it's been a tough couple of weeks," he said.
"But I'll go away from that an analyse the performance and in the main I think I'll be pretty pleased.
"No one hates defeat more than me but I'm really proud of the group."