Scotland failed to end their RBS 6 Nations campaign on a high, but skipper Greig Laidlaw insists his side are moving in the right direction.
The Dark Blues were looking to record a third successive Championship victory for the first time in two decades when they faced Ireland in Dublin.
But a 35-25 defeat at the Aviva Stadium has sapped some of the joy Vern Cotter's team built up in back-to-back wins over Italy and France.
However, a year on from trudging out of the tournament on the back of a five-defeat whitewash, Laidlaw is confident his side are making progress.
"This team's going forward, and I think that's clear -- people should see that," said Laidlaw.
"If they don't, I don't know what games they're watching because we were in these Test matches.
"We were extremely disappointed with the way we started against England in the first match. We lost by six then went to Wales and lost by four.
"Even though we were ill-disciplined and disappointed with how we performed, we were still in it [on Saturday].
"If we can learn from this and be cool, keep hold of the ball and develop that, then we'll be in more games than not."