Lyle Taylor would have preferred points rather than plaudits after scoring a brace in Sunday's 3-2 defeat against Coventry City.
Taylor, who replaced the injured Jose Baxter on the stroke of half-time, scored twice in the second-half, his first competitive goals in red and white after a summer switch from Falkirk.
Speaking afterwards, the 23-year-old said: "My first competitive goals for the Blades have been a long time coming and it has been tough for me personally this season.
"When you are a centre forward joining a new club you want to get that first goal and kick on, but it hasn't worked out that way for me. Of course it is nice to have scored twice, but I would rather have not scored if it meant we would have won the game, because we desperately needed a win.
"In any league, scoring goals and losing ultimately means nothing, but that second-half performance gives us something to build on."
The striker felt his first goal, a powerfully struck, deflected free-kick was significant in the clash at Sixfields.
He continued: "A goal gives you a lift and from scoring the free-kick we looked a totally different team. Our mentality changed at half-time we had nothing to lose because, quite honestly, the first-half showing was unacceptable.
"We had chances as the game progressed to have snatched an unlikely draw or even complete a miracle turnaround and nick all three points.
"We are disappointed with result, but pleased with the second-half showing and we have to take that momentum into our next game against Port Vale."