Crewe manager Steve Davis claimed his side had "one of those days'' after the Railwaymen lost 1-0 to play-off-bound Yeovil Town at Huish Park.
Alex failed to find a way past the in-form Marek Stech in the Glovers goal, as Joe Edwards' strike after just 51 seconds proved to be the difference between the two sides.
But Davis believes his side did all they could to get an equaliser and paid for an early lapse in concentration. He said: "Every one of the players was excellent, I cannot fault them. We caused Yeovil all sorts of problems throughout the game even in the second half, but the only time we did not cause them problems was in the first minute of the game and it cost us.
"Our performance warranted more than we got. We've played games before where our finishing has not been good enough in the final third and that was the case here, plus we met a goalkeeper on form who made two or three fantastic saves. Unfortunately, we have just had one of those days.''
Crewe are now without a win in four games and face two other promotion-chasing sides in their remaining two fixtures, but Davis believes his side demonstrated that they can compete with the top teams in League One.
"I cannot be disappointed because I enjoyed watching us play but it is just unfortunate that we didn't get the result that we deserved,'' he added. "We have played close to what we can do, and played like we did earlier in the season. Of late we have not been playing like that but we got back to what we are which is an excellent football team.
"We can hurt teams in the play-offs and we have beaten most of the teams in the play-offs, and being able to beat those teams gives us hope for next season. We have had some really good games to finish the season, unfortunately we have not played very well until today (since Crewe's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final victory), and the game at Wembley has definitely affected us mentally but that was not the case here."
Crewe failed to capitalise on Yeovil losing two defenders to injury in the opening 25 minutes, and Glovers' manager Gary Johnson is pleased his side will have a week to recuperate.
"It was not a fantastic victory but it was an important one,'' he said. "The players will need a break mentally in the next week because we put them through the mill a bit.
"Obviously we lost our centre half early on and had to change our team quite a bit during the game, but they steered through the icebergs well.''