Newcastle manager Alan Pardew could not contain his pride after his side pushed Benfica all the way in their Europa League quarter-final.
The Magpies lost 4-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in the second leg at St James' Park, but had chances to win the game and the tie before a 91st-minute goal by Salvio killed the tie.
Pardew told ITV's Ned Boulting: "They are a good side - you can't let them get a lead against you.
"In the first half we kept it tight and looked to nick a goal - and almost did before half-time.
"We had two or three big chances at 1-0 but you can't ask for anything more from the crowd, the players.
"You've got to respect the opposition - technically they are a superb side.
"I am so proud of the performance - we couldn't have done any more.
"We've got some very good players - when we get them all back we've got a very good side."