Caretaker boss Jon McCarthy feels Chester FC would have taken at least a point against Lincoln City had Ross Hannah not been injured, leaving them a man down for the final 20 minutes.
Leading scorer Hannah went down clutching his hamstring moments after James Alabi had cancelled out Robbie McDaid's first-half opener to make the score 1-1 and with no changes left the Blues had to finish the game with 10 men.
McCarthy believes the Blues were in the ascendancy at that point and could have gone on to take the win, but Hannah's injury opened the door for the Imps, who clinched a 2-1 win when George Maris netted with nine minutes remaining.
"We definitely would of got something from the game," said McCarthy, who took charge of the team for the first time with Ian Sharps assisting him after Steve Burr was sacked at the end of last week.
"We'd just gone 1-1 and we'd turned the game completely around and with the psychology of that everybody knows we were waiting for that.
"It looked flat in the second-half and we were asking our players to find a spark and it started to come. There were little phases of play and we started to create some chances and then we got the goal.
"We talked about that in the dressing room, about creating that moment that would give us all the energy back and the belief and then we get it and we're down to 10 men immediately and it saps us.
"Goals shouldn't affect games but they do and you would have seen Lincoln go under a little bit and our players grow an extra six inches and that we feel would have been chance to go on and win the game so I'm certain we would have took at least a point which would have been important."
In pictures: Action from Chester's defeat to Lincoln at Sincil Bank
Chester viewed the game as a chance to put some breathing space between themselves and the bottom four with Lincoln winless in six games and having only pride left to play for.
Both teams laboured in a dull first-half but the Imps broke the deadlock on 38 minutes with through McDaid's header.
The Blues then had to replace Sam Hughes after he took a blow to the head and were forced into another change during the break with Ben Heneghan unable to continue despite passing a fitness test on his knee before kick-off.
Chester came more into the game in an open second-half and levelled in the 73rd minute when substitute Alabi headed in John Rooney's cross from close range.
But less than two minutes later Hannah had to be helped from the field and with three substitutes on the pitch, the Blues found themselves at a numerical disadvantage.
Lincoln went in search of a winning goal and got one on 81 minutes when replacements Matt Rhead and Maris combined with the on-loan Barnsley forward firing past Tony Thompson.
"The results are what matters aren't they at this stage of the season and I haven't seen the other results but people are telling me they have gone alright but this was an opportunity for us so I'm disappointed," said McCarthy.
"Ben Heneghan's brave and he was desperate to play and he got through the first-half but maybe I should be a bit wiser and know some of the players because we had to make that decision for him to come off.
"We've had the injuries to Sam Hughes and Ben Heneghan, and we made one tactical substitution with Jordan Chapell and we got our goal.
"We talked about it at half-time, about staying in the game, we were happy with the platform and we made a switch and were starting to add to the platform.
"It was frustrating to go in at half-time 1-0 down because at 0-0 it was perfect but we got our goal and we talked about there being a moment and we got a bit of belief and actually we thought we could go on and win the game and that at the point that happens Ross Hannah's hamstring goes.
"There's a lot we got from the game but I'll go back to where I was at the start and the result was the important thing and we haven't took any points so actually that's all that really matters for everyone and the fans.
"But within our group in terms of what we've picked up from the game we set a platform , the players understood it and we were able to add to it at half-time and get the goal and we felt that was the platform from which we could win the game.
"We felt like we would have a chance because Lincoln had gone six games without a win and we're struggling for confidence and haven't got an awful lot to play for with the greatest of respect because they're not going to make the play-offs.
"That was our opportunity so to get that chance and take that opportunity and then be hit by the blow of losing Ross Hannah is really frustrating."