MATCH VERDICT AND PHOTO GALLERY: Pride in Bourne Town's commitment despite late knockout blow in FA Vase
The new management at Bourne Town will be happy to see the level of performance shown on Saturday.
The Wakes are planning to appoint Rob Middleton's replacement ahead of the home league game against Irchester United next weekend.
If the squad can repeat these efforts, they will soon start picking up points.
Joint chairman Darren Munton - who was in caretaker charge alongside player-assistant Dan Smith - was proud of the commitment, despite defeat to Hucknall Town.
He said: "They came at us really quickly but at 1-0 down, we showed good character and we got a well-worked goal.
"In the second half, I thought we deserved to at least take the tie into extra-time.
"We had another chance at the end but I couldn't fault the attitude. The lads put in a real shift.
"Hucknall are a big, physical side and I thought we coped well with everything thrown at us.
"We got punished at a set-piece after giving the ball away in the right-back area.
"We are gutted with the result but we're pleased with the performance. We could have nicked it 2-1.
"We showed that we've got a good chance of getting out of trouble at the bottom of the league when the players are available.
"The performance was up there as one of the best so far this season in terms of desire and playing that way.
"Now it's all about getting points on the board."
Kyle Evans had already denied Matthew Brian twice before Jamie Crawford put Hucknall ahead following a corner.
Six minutes later, though, Tom Russell delivered a right-wing cross which Jake Mason couldn't convert and the ball fell for Reece Driscoll to slot home.
Mason went close before the break but Evans also kept out Kimani Wilson.
Jack Smith's free-kick was pushed out and Evans stopped him again after Lewis Russell gifted a golden chance on the edge of the penalty box.
Dan Mason nodded wide and almost scored at the wrong end when an attempted clearance bounced off the post under pressure from Wilson.
Bourne were beaten from another set-piece as Sam Sims' free-kick was headed across the six-yard box by Jordan Phillips for skipper Aaron Short to nod beyond Evans.
In stoppage-time, Driscoll missed the target with a chance to force extra-time.
4-3-3: Evans; L Russell, Elger, Smith, Cardall; Currall (sub Hood 87 mins), Moss, Rook; T Russell (sub Neal 77 mins), J Mason (sub D Mason h-t), Driscoll. Subs not used: Burke, Doran.
4-4-2: Pearson; Jenkins, Phillips, Short, Brown; Crawford, Banister, Sims, Smith (sub Nelson 69 mins); Brian, Wilson (sub Anderson-Raymond 87 mins). Subs not used: Danso, Jablonski.
Crawford (19 mins, 0-1); Driscoll (25 mins, 1-1); Short (87 mins, 1-2).
Driscoll, Rook, Banister (foul).
Reece Driscoll - finished off a flowing move and always a threat.
Irchester United (H) - UCL Division One, Saturday.