Wigan head coach Shaun Wane paid tribute to his young side’s character after they refused to throw in the towel against Salford on Friday.
The Red Devils raced into a 16-0 lead at the break, but the Warriors continued to battle in the second half before falling 31-16.
“I thought we showed some desire, our young kids stood up well. Having Woodsy (Josh Woods) in the halves and Josh Ganson at hooker for 80 minutes, it’s good for us.
“I know Salford have some players out, but the fact that we can give them a decent game means I feel okay. I’m the world’s worst loser but I feel okay today.
“I’m not down in anyway – I’m glad for our young kids who have got through another game okay. It’s good experience for them and we did some good things at times.
“I think we gave ourselves too much to do – the try after half-time really hurt us, but they’ve got some good players.”
Wane will now turn his attentions to next weekend’s Challenge Cup tie at Swinton, with the Lions heading into the tie full of confidence after knocking out Huddersfield in the last round.
“We’ll get a few players back and have a full-on week,” added Wane. “It’s a Challenge Cup week so we’ll be going there expecting a really tough game.
“They’ve quite a few former Wigan lads in their team who will be having a dig, so I’m looking forward to it.”