Crawley boss Richie Barker left the Ricoh Arena with a burning sense of injustice, but opposite number Mark Robins felt the warm glow of a job well done after Coventry triumphed 3-1.
David McGoldrick struck twice to help the home side continue their climb away from the foot of the table, taking his tally to 11 since joining on loan from Nottingham Forest.
John Fleck opened the scoring in the ninth minute before McGoldrick reached double figures right on the stroke of half-time. Crawley, who went into the game in third place, pulled one back in the 56th minute when Billy Clarke got the goal he deserved.
That could well have seen Coventry wobble, but McGoldrick added his second in the 65th minute and it was enough to move the home side up two places. But Barker felt the scoreline could easily have been reversed and that his side were far superior.
He said: "I thought we were excellent. We were by far the better side, we created the best chances, we played the best football and we are disappointed not to have won the game.
"Coventry must have gone away from this wondering how they won the game. It won't happen all the time. I was actually very proud of the way we passed the ball about. I have got no complaints against my players at all. In the end the difference came down to a player who should be playing at a higher level."
Robins has certainly turned his side's fortunes around and Coventry have now lost just two games in their last 10.
He said: "This result will make people think we have started to turn the corner. Crawley are a very decent side with some very bright players and they caused us problems with their movement.
"We are in a difficult run of games, but our confidence is building and our fitness is improving. We lasted the 90 minutes very well. All our players contributed, I could go through the whole team. Some have contributed more than others, but they have all put a shift in.
"They have done what we have asked of them, but we have to make sure that we keep doing it. I thought Crawley rode their luck with their goal. The ball smashed into the face of one of our players and fell to Billy Clarke. It was fortunate from their point of view.