Wigan boss Shaun Wane believes the Warriors were the better team despite losing 22-19 at St Helens on Friday.
Wane’s side led 19-18 late in the game, but Mark Percival’s try condemned them to a heartbreaking defeat.
“It’s a tough one – I’m very proud of our effort,” said Wane. “I thought we had the majority of the game and we had some tough calls in the second half.
“We had to do some defending on our line and we did it with vigour and showed some toughness.
“I’ve got half the salary cap in the gym, but I thought we were the better team if I’m honest and we could and should have won.
“I’m really pleased, St Helens know they’ve been in a game. No matter what team we put out I don’t want to lose to St Helens.
“Looking at the bigger picture, we have to be happy. Losing it the way we did with a few kicks, our last plays weren’t great and that’s what cost us in the end.
“Players like Jack Wells going toe-to-toe with the likes of Zeb Taia. It’s great experience for some of our younger players.”