Bosnia-Herzegovina boss Safet Susic was left to rue errors in his side's first two games after they ended their World Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over Iran in Group F.
The Dragons had already seen their hopes of making the round of 16 end with successive defeats to Argentina and Nigeria -- with the 1-0 loss to the Super Eagles proving particularly controversial.
Susic was happy to see his side beat Iran on Wednesday, courtesy of goals from Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Avdija Vrsajevic, but felt they had the quality to progress.
"I can congratulate my players for good football and a deserved victory," he told the postmatch news conference. "We created more chances and they were better crafted. This win was important for us so we could hold our heads up high when we come back to our homeland.
"This win was important to us. We had to leave a good impression. This is not satisfactory, though, because we think we could've done more. I'm a realistic person and am not without humility or modesty, but I think we should've made that extra step.
"Had we had more luck and had we played better football in the second match and with less refereeing injustices, we could have been in the round of 16. After tonight's win, the feeling would be a bit more upbeat."
He added: "We're a team who play attacking football. Maybe we should've sat back, but this is not the style of play of my players. We don't have the patience for that. We tried to create chances."
Susic had hinted before the Iran game that he may be ready to resign his post, and he said after Wednesday's match: "This is my last match at the World Cup. Sometimes, it's nice to be free from obligations. Now, I'm free. This is a fine feeling. I can decide my own fate. That would be my answer."
Pressed on whether he would stay on, he replied: "I cannot tell you either way tonight. I would be very sad to say goodbye to this team, but that day is yet to come. If I had decided an answer, I would've given it to you."