DEFIANT manager Peter Jackson today began the tough task of lifting his deflated squad for a massive play-off effort.
His team finished short of automatic promotion only on goal difference after matching Torquay's 81 points, and it was a bitter pill to swallow.
Jackson desperately wanted to win for Town fans around the globe, not just the 1,739 at Whaddon Road and 5,163 who watched a live screening at the McAlpine.
He was dejected mostly for his players, though, who must regroup for a two-legged play-off semi-final against Lincoln after a gallant fight for an automatic slot came up short with Saturday's 1-1 draw.
"We've got to do it the hard way now, but we have to pick ourselves up and look forward to the play-offs," said Jackson, who has masterminded a remarkable revival at the McAlpine this season and had seven club products in his line-up on Saturday.
"We've got two big games coming up against Lincoln, who are physical and strong, and we have to get back on the training ground and be positive in our approach, as we always are.
"Whatever we are feeling after Saturday, we have to go for Lincoln."
Jackson added: "I've a lot of sympathy for the lads missing out and there were a lot of upset players about.
"It was a big blow to lose out, especially conceding the goal in the way that we did.
"You can train as much as you want, but you can't legislate or individual errors and the mistake which Pawel Abbott made cost us dear.
"The players were all in tears, but we will lift ourselves and come back. No doubts."