Dennis Greene gave the thumbs up to debutants Harry Vince and Taylor Miles after both made their first Boston United appearances.
Steve Diggin’s hat-trick cancelled out goals from Lewis Hilliard and Gregg Smith as Brackley Town claimed the points.
But 21-year-old Miles, on loan from Lincoln City, and under 18 youth product Vince both gave the manager something to smile about.
Miles - who hasn’t played since breaking his foot on the opening day of the season for the Red Imps - started the game but was replaced after the break due to cramp.
Vince was introduced at half time and, despite his diminutive size, put in a brave holding performance in midfield.
“Taylor’s done well and when he went off we lost a bit of impetus,” Greene said.
“He started getting a bit of cramp and we’ve only got him on a month’s loan and we don’t want to lose him for that month.
“He’s done great but should do for the calibre of player he is.
“But what can we say about little Vinno?
“He was immense, he’s a tenacious little fellow and he’s got a great head on his shoulders.
“Hopefully after that first 45 minutes he’s got a bright future with the first team.”
Reflecting on the match, in which the Saints stormed into a 33-minute 3-0 lead, and Hilliard saw a penalty saved, Greene added: “It’s a mixed bag today, I thought we showed a lot of character and guts to have a go at it after going 3-0 down and we showed a bit of quality.
“But we just got penalised in the first half on the counter attack.”
“We haven’t been great at penalties this season, at the end of the day that and that great save at the end cost us.”
Greene also gave the supporters a special mention, adding: “I have to say the fans were unbelievable today.
“They didn ‘t get on our backs at 3-0 down, they were behind us and gave us a lift to get back in the game.
“Second half, they probably enjoyed the game and cheered us all the way.”