While disappointed with the result, Brian Cody heaped praise on his Kilkenny players for their refusal to throw in the towel against Galway in today's Leinster SHC final replay.
"We performed well in the second-half. The first-half, we'd be very disappointed with how we played alright," he remarked to RTE's The Sunday Game.
"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb but the reaction of the lads in the second-half was excellent.
"Playing against the best team in the country essentially, we pulled a big lead back to two points. Hugely difficult to keep that going in weather like this on a day like today and after playing last Sunday.
"We're obviously disappointed not to win the game because that's why we came here but at the same time, from my own point of view, I'd give the lads great praise for their reaction, the way they stood up and took on the challenge and fought to the end."
Cody and the Cats will look to return to winning ways when they square up to Limerick in next Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final.
"Win next weekend we're in the semi-final. How difficult is it going to be? Hugely difficult. We know the quality that they have. It's going to be very difficult but look, it's a great challenge to be facing.
"We just dust ourselves off, recovery is everything now. It's going to take a few days for the lads to recover but they will recover because they are in great shape."