Preston manager Simon Grayson was disappointed with the result, but pleased with his players' effort after being knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Premier League Bournemouth.
Cherries goalkepper Adam Federici made a hat-trick of penalty shoot-out saves to send Bournemouth through to the fourth round.
North End pegged Bournemouth back late on in the third-round clash at Deepdale as North End forced extra-time and then spot-kicks, where Federici emerged as the hero in a 3-2 triumph.
The Lilywhites came into this contest on the back of a four-game winless streak in the Sky Bet Championship, and manager Simon Grayson called for a reaction following their more recent loss at Brentford, where they had led before being defeated 2-1.
So while they were unable to replicate their second-round shock when they eliminated Watford, the spirit shown, particularly in the second period, left their boss satisfied.
"They'll be disappointed in the result but we've said they can be very proud and pleased with what they've done tonight," said Grayson.
"They showed a lot of character and worked extremely hard and showed all of the things that we asked of them after the weekend with that second-half performance.
"I'm pleased with them and disappointed to go out but if you're going to lose a game and respond after a disappointing performance that was the way to do it tonight."