Ian Holloway felt QPR showed their potential in the 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
Jamie Mackie scored for the R’s at Hillsborough, where they maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
There were encouraging signs as Holloway’s side battled well and created a number of openings.
“We gave a good account of ourselves,” Rangers boss Holloway said.
“As a group we managed to come through a wobbly spell and maybe could have won it at the end.
“We’re improving, we’re learning, and there were lots of bits of it I really liked.
“I enjoyed my team’s performance and I enjoyed their effort. I enjoyed watching my team today, which a few times last season I probably wouldn’t have said.
“I feel a lot happier, a lot better, and I think they feel a lot happier. We possibly could be a good team at the end of this whole season – one other people might actually look at and think ‘Wow, they ain’t bad.”
Sam Winnall’s goal early in the second half earned a point for Wednesday, who missed chances to take the lead.
Holloway added: “I’ll have to settle for a point. Would have I have settled for that before the game? Probably not, because I know what my team are capable of.”