Carl Valeri remains upbeat about Melbourne Victory's AFC Champions League prospects despite a 4-1 hammering by Chinese powerhouse Shanghai SIPG overnight.
Shanghai's Brazilian stars Oscar and Hulk were imperious as they brushed aside the A-League outfit.
Together with Wu Lei they had the home side three goals up before Victory's Besart Berisha pegged one back from the penalty spot with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Seven minutes later Oscar bagged his second of the night, a wickedly curving shot that restored Shanghai's three-goal buffer and sent them to the top of Group F with back-to-back wins.
But Victory's captain said there were positives to take from the game going forward.
"I think we started off well," Valeri said post-match.
"They scored goals in key moments of the game which obviously cost us and ultimately their quality shone through.
"But I think there's a lot of positives to take out of this performance. There are lessons to be learned and a lot of good things to come out of this.
"There's still many more games to go and I think with the quality of our team and the experience we have we can do well.
"We've just got to focus on ourselves and look forward to the next game."
Victory managed to frustrate the CSL outfit for the first 20 minutes but the pressure was building and when Jason Geria handballed in the area the floodgates threatened to open.
Hulk put away the resulting penalty on 27 minutes - his 10th ACL goal - and Wu Lei doubled the advantage with a spectacular diving header in the 41st minute.
Within a minute of the restart, the homeside struck again - former Chelsea star Oscar pouncing on a botched clearance by Geria to smack in the third before striking again after Victory pulled one back from the penalty spot.
After two games Shanghai lead in Group F on six points, followed by Ulsan (4) then Victory in third (1), courtesy of a 3-3 draw with the K-League side on Matchday One.
Matchday three on March 7 sees Victory away to Kawasaki Frontale who sit bottom of the group following back-to-back defeats.