Norwich City will take only positive energy from their cruel Emirates FA Cup shoot-out defeat to Chelsea, according to Christoph Zimmermann.
The Canaries more than matched the Premier League champions across the course of three-and-a-half hours of football, only to be eventually be beaten on spot-kicks.
Speaking to the media ahead of the weekend meeting with Sheffield United, Zimmermann said: "When we look back at Wednesday, we can be satisfied and proud.
"We competed with a brilliant team and can be positive about it. We judge the game from the performance, not the outcome.
"The cup is gone now. The focus is on the league and we are looking forward to the challenge ahead of us.
The 25-year-old says he's taking everything firmly in his stride, having already experienced some 'surreal' moments with the Canaries.
"Sometimes I have to pinch myself but where I came from doesn't matter now." he added.
"I feel like I've adapted to the Championship. The way of English football suits me more than before.
"We have defended strongly in recent games. The communication between the back-three has been really good.
"We know what it takes to be solid in defence, but also to open up the game."