Eamonn Fitzmaurice was accentuating the positives after Kerry's surprise defeat to Galway.
The Kingdom lost to the Tribesmen for the first time in 18 years, despite the visitors finishing the game with just 13 players.
"We probably wouldn't have [deserved a draw]," the Kerry manager admitted the Irish Examiner.
"The positive, from our point of view, was that we did keep going, despite looking for a long time like it was one of those days. You have to credit the lads that they did keep going to the end. With a small bit of luck, we could have got a goal and got something out of it."
Fitzmaurice acknowledged that next Saturday night's game against Dublin has taken on added significance for his side, who have two wins from four.
"We have four points on the board, we have a big game, now, on Saturday night, against Dublin," he added.
"Huge opportunity for the lads. They are on full points, going well, and a great test for us.
"I am happy with the younger lads, in that they are being exposed to this level of football. There is that consistency that, in all our games, we have kept going at it until the very end. We have won two, lost the other two, but I am happy with how we are progressing. It is a steep learning curve, at this level, we know that."