Lee Bradbury emphasised the positives after Bournemouth secured a play-off spot.
But the Cherries boss was clearly disappointed to concede an equalising goal to Hartlepool`s goalkeeper in injury time. Goals from Steve Lovell and Donal McDermott put Bournemouth in control. Adam Boyd pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before Scott Flinders` header sensationally made it 2-2.
"I've got to put a positive spin on it and we are where we want to be - in the play-offs,'' said Bradbury. "Yes, it's disappointing to concede so late, but we were good for 80-85 minutes.
"They came out at half-time fired up and had a go. At two-up we weren't in any danger then they pushed us back a little bit. I suppose I should be stood here with a big smile on my face, but there's the disappointment at losing a late goal.
"We are gutted to concede so late. We created plenty of chances and a third goal would have killed it off."
Bradbury added: "To make the play-offs is a fantastic achievement and we fancy ourselves against anyone now. At the start of the season we had belief we could do well as a bunch, we thought we could be successful and we will take on anyone in the play-offs.
Hartlepool first-team coach Mick Wadsworth was delighted to see Flinders pop up at the end to make amends for his earlier error.
Flinders allowed McDermott`s low shot from 25 yards to squirm under his body and into the net before heading the equalising goal.
Wadsworth said: "The second goal was a howler but Scott he held his hands up and he repaid us later. No-one remembers the result, but the fact that our goalkeeper scored a fantastic header.
"I sent him up and would do it anytime in that situation - a no-brainer. You couldn't write the script could you? He makes a right cow's botty of the second goal and then does that. I've been looking for a striker all season - turns out the goalkeeper's one!"