Chris Hegarty insists Linfield will hold no fear when they renew rivalries with Spartak Trnava next week.
The Blues emerged with plenty of credit following Thursday’s narrow 2-1 defeat in Slovakia.
David Kee’s superb free-kick – sandwiched in between goals from Erik Sabo and Martin Mikovic – has offered Linfield plenty of hope going into next Thursday’s return leg at Windsor Park.
The prize for the winners is a third qualifying round tie with either Croatian club Lokomotiv Zagreb or Greek side Paok.
“It was a team performance on Thursday night. Every single one of the players was a hero,” Hegarty said.
“We are pleased with our performance. We carried out what the manager wanted from us and we got a decent result.
“If you had offered us 2-1 before the match we would have taken it, but we are a little disappointed we didn’t come away with at least a draw.
“Spartak had a man sent off, and I had a goal disallowed for offside, which I thought was the wrong decision.
“So we could have been coming back to Belfast with a better result.”
Hegarty insists Linfield have the belief to finish the job at Windsor next week following their spirited display in Slovakia.
“The belief is there. We have given ourselves a fighting chance of progressing in the competition,” he added.
“We can’t wait for next week’s game now.”
Meanwhile, Crusaders will face Ludogorets or Moldovan outfit Milsami Orhei in the next stage of the Champions League if they overturn a 4-1 first-leg deficit against Skenderbeu Korce.
The Irish League champions have a mountain to climb following Tuesday’s defeat in Albania.