Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade could not have asked for more from his players after a 1-0 win at Coventry was not enough keep their play-off hopes alive.
Slade could only name four substitutes due to injuries, but Dean Cox scored the only goal of the game in first-half stoppage time as his side produced a defiant display.
Coventry dominated possession throughout, but could not find a way through and Slade was delighted with the effort his players put in.
"I'm really proud," Slade said. "I was choked with the effort. They couldn't have done any more.
"In the second half, to be fair to Coventry, they pressed us more than in the first half and we were struggling to get out of out own half at times, but we were blocking, we were defending manfully.
"The bench was very slim so I didn't have many options from that point of view and couldn't help them so I'm delighted with what they achieved."
Coventry manager Steven Pressley said: "Again the final finish or the final pass just let us down, that's the disappointment because there were so many positives to take from the game.
"After dominating for such long periods of the first half it was a bit of a hammer blow to concede just before half-time. We responded in the right manner in the second half.
"If we are to make an impact next season we need to take care of our home games because generally those at the top end of the table are very strong at home.
"It's been a difficult season in terms of a lot of uncertainty around the football club."