John Coleman insisted that Stanley were still well placed to mount a play-off assault and are still the club for him despite losing their unbeaten record at Gillingham.
The Reds suffered their first defeat in six games on Saturday in what had been billed by the Stanley boss as a ‘cup final’ at the Priestfield.
They conceded as early as the second minute as the Reds failed to cut the gap to the seventh-placed Gills and dropped down to 13th.
But the boss was optimistic about the future despite the Reds suffering only their second away defeat of 2011.
"We’re a good side," he said. "I’m disappointed that we haven’t won and I know the lads are disappointed but we’re not going to beat ourselves up about it.
"We know we’re a good side. I’m telling you now, I still think we’ve got a massive, massive chance of making the play-offs and I wouldn’t swap the squad of players I’ve got.
"I wouldn’t want to jump ship and go to any other club as regards to who I’d fancy to get promoted. I fancy us strongly, and in jockey’s terms I wouldn’t want to swap horses."
A brace from Andy Barcham and one from 19-goal Cody McDonald gave the Gills the points despite Sean McConville’s ninth goal of the season and Phil Edwards missing a first-half penalty – his first miss out of 10 spot kicks in this campaign.
"We did well," mused Coleman. "Obviously we were disappointed to miss a penalty but we showed a lot of character.
"I’m disappointed that we conceded the goals in the manner we did and I think the third goal took the wind out of our sails a little bit but we continued to push to the end and we’re not too downbeat.
"We feel it’s a minor setback. We still know we’re a good side, believe we are a good side and we know we’ll win a lot of games between now and the end of the season."
An unchanged Stanley side from the one that defeated Stockport started shakily against the seventh placed Gills, with Barcham evading Dean Winnard and goalkeeper Alex Cisak to open the scoring inside the first two minutes.
"It was frustrating to concede so early and in the manner we did," admitted the manager. "It was a bit of a silly goal."
Just minutes after going behind though the Reds were handed a chance to get back in the game when Andy Procter was fouled inside the box and referee David Phillips gave a penalty.
But although the usually reliable Phil Edwards struck the post with the kick, Coley didn’t believe it was a turning point.
"I don’t think the penalty miss had any bearing on the game because we equalised anyway," he added.
"I don’t think it will bother Phil at all. He’ll be disappointed he’s missed a penalty but he get on with it because he’s a good pro."
That equaliser came from McConville, who showed good composure to convert Joe Jacobson’s cross in the 14th minute for his ninth of the season.
For a spell Stanley were on top, but went behind again on the stroke of half-time when Barcham raced onto Adebayo Akinfenwa’s flick to beat keeper Alex Cisak.
"We could have dealt with the second one better," reflected Coleman.
"The lads think it’s a foul on Dean Winnard but we’re not looking at that in any way, shape or form as an excuse, we still should be able to deal with it.
"It’s disappointing because in the main we did defend well and just a couple of times a lapse of concentration has cost us."
A third – and killer – Gillingham goal came in the second half through McDonald, who moments before had missed a sitter, when he headed in John Nutter’s cross in the 55th minute.
The Reds then had another penalty appeal turned down and several chances thwarted by good defending as they slipped to a first defeat in six against the side they had thrashed back in October.
"I don’t think we were ever going to get another 7-4 but I think if you look at the chances their lad has missed a sitter to make it 3-1 and we thought it was going to be our day," added the upbeat boss.
"Apart from the three goals, which we contributed to a couple of ourselves, they haven’t really hurt us.
"It’s not all doom and gloom. We’ll take the defeat on the chin, won’t complain about it and are determined to bounce back."