Steve Cotterill spoke to the press following today's late defeat at Home Park.
Shrewsbury dominated the league leaders away from home in the first half - hitting the bar twice in the opening 12 minutes before taking a deserved lead into the break thanks to a Jordan Shipley finish.
Plymouth, however, went on to net twice in the second half through Niall Ennis and Morgan Whittaker.
And speaking post-match, the boss said he was very proud of his players and their performances and felt his side were punished for the only two mistakes they made all night.
ON THE RESULT BEING TOUGH TO TAKE:
"It is tough to take. We made just a couple of mistakes for their goals and they were the only mistakes we made all night.
"We have made two mistakes and been punished. But I couldn’t be prouder of the lads tonight. I couldn’t be prouder.
"I thought they were excellent. I just think with the size of the squad and legs, we had players that were really wilting toward the end. But they put in such a great shift.
"We were miles better tonight than we were Saturday, miles better. And I’ve said to the players, the standards they have picked up in some games, they have got to keep that going every game.
"That is really what we have got to try and do. I thought the lads were excellent tonight. I thought they were excellent, really disciplined.
"We never gave them a look, we never gave them a look and they probably only got the second goal on the back of us trying to get a winner.
"We have had two or three balls flash across the box at 1-1 – we could have gone 2-1 up and if we had gone 2-1 up it would have been game over.
"The game became a bit ding-dong in that last 10 minutes and it just took its toll on a few of our boys."
ON THE MATTHEW PENNINGTON AND ROB STREET HEADERS THAT HIT THE BAR:
"We definitely should have been 1-0 up before they had even had an effort on our goal. It possibly could have been two.
"We have done enough and created enough chances tonight.
"I thought we were really, really, disciplined in our performance. I thought we looked really organised.
"But those flashes of brilliance – we have to make sure when we get them we finish them off."
ON JORDAN SHIPLEY'S GOAL: