Acting captain Ben Mee praised Burnley's fighting spirit and believes a goal would have had Stoke on the ropes as the Clarets battled to end their away-day duck.
Two first-half strikes gave Stoke a 2-0 win and left Sean Dyche's men still looking for their first win away from home this season.
But the Clarets at least pushed the in-form Potters all the way with a second-half performance which showed Burnley will not continue to be push-overs following their 4-0 collapse at West Bromwich Albion in their previous away game.
"West Brom wasn't good at all. Today we wanted to put that right," said Mee.
"We were a bit more like ourselves, although we didn't really test the goalkeeper enough.
"There was a lot of heart and a lot of fight and spirit from us but just a bit of quality let us down.
"It was a bit more like we play at the Turf and that will boost us. We will go into the next away game knowing we can perform.
"We want to put it right. It's a big thing for us. But we were back to ourselves a little bit this afternoon, performance-wise, and we will take some heart from that."
Stoke have now lost just once in nine games and extended their good run with goals from Jonathan Walters and Marc Muniesa.
But they also needed former Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant to make as couple of sharp saves to confirm the Clarets' third successive defeat.
And Mee feels the Clarets were just one goal - a first away from home from open play this season - away from setting up a late fightback.
The defender added: "It's frustrating. We came out really well like we wanted to do at the start but then they got the goal and we let them into the game.
"In the second half I felt like we played well but we just lacked that bit of cutting edge to test the goalkeeper and get that clear-cut chance.
"They were rocking. You could sense that around the ground. We bossed that second half and if we had got a goal they would have been on the ropes."