Bedlington Terriers forward Lee Scott broke a four-month drought with a goal against Bishop Auckland.
But despite this, the striker said the defeat leaves a sour taste.
His first half effort had given Bedlington the lead, but the County Durham side scored two in the second half to turn the contest round.
Scott said: “It leaves a sour taste because when that goal goes in your thinking it is going to be your afternoon, and then we went and conceded two poor goals.
“I came off at half-time and I felt like my old self, how I was before Christmas, I had that bit of energy back in me and I was putting myself about.
“The confidence in getting the goal, and the way in which we played as a team, it felt like the old Bedlington that we were, we were right on top of them.”
The forward was awarded man of the match by manager Gary Innes for his work rate and all-round effort, but Scott claimed that he “has not been good enough” since Christmas.
Innes said: “I am really pleased for Lee, obviously he has gone through a period where he hasn’t scored and for a striker it can play on your confidence, as it had done.”
Scott added: “We need to look at our first half performance and for 20 minutes of the second half we played good football, collectively we are working hard as a team.
“We have got goals in the team, good pace, we have technically good players, the nit and grit of the Northern League can be mentally draining and we need to learn that we can’t always play attractive football.”