Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner was far from satisfied with a point after seeing his side pegged back by Bristol City just five minutes from time in a match that ended 1-1.
A 25-yard rocket from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas got City off the hook after a lethargic first-half display which saw the visitors deservedly lead through a 28th-minute goal from Jon Taylor.
The home side were poor for the opening 45 minutes, failing to create a single chance and, while they improved markedly to have the better of the second half, Turner was frustrated that his team did not see the game out.
He said: "We are a young side and we want to score a goal every time we get the ball. Sometimes you just need to keep it.
"It's not the first time this season that we have conceded late on. We could easily have had six points more from our away trips.
"That's the negative. The positive is that the first half was as well as I have seen us play. We scored a great goal on the break and looked really sharp.
"We defended corners and free kicks strongly against a team with some quality up front and some big players. At the end we just needed to concentrate on keeping possession better and it cost us."
Taylor's goal was a smash and grab raid out of defence as Luke Summerfield fed Curtis Main down the right and his low cross created a simple finish from eight yards.
It took a terrific right-footed strike from Emmanuel-Thomas to reward City's second half improvement, but Sean O'Driscoll's men are still left without a League One win following relegation last season.
The head coach said: "We made a lot of wrong decisions in the first half, playing the ball short when it should have gone long and vice versa.
"When we went long it was because there was no alternative, rather than because it was the right thing to do. We were being dictated to, rather than being in control.
"At half-time, we offered the players a simple solution to what was going wrong and to be fair they responded.
"I have absolutely no fault to find with the effort and commitment and to an extent the lads are doing what is being asked of them, but we need to make more good decisions than was the case for 45 minutes."