Mahela Jayawardene was left to lament missing the opportunity for Sri Lanka's first Test series victory since 2009 and believes if they had survived Graeme Swann's last over on the fourth evening they would have saved the match.
The complexion of the game was changed by Swann who claimed two wickets in the penultimate over to leave the home side with a huge task on the final day.
Although those late losses on the fourth evening knocked the stuffing out of Sri Lanka, Jayawardene pinpointed the first two days as the key period of the game.
Jayawardene also stood out with the bat and was named Man of the Series for his 354 runs at 88.50, including two centuries.
Kumar Sangakkara's struggles left a big hole in their run-scoring capability although Angelo Mathews suggested during the second Test that he can forge a career as a specialist batsman.
Overall, however, Jayawardene was content with his team's performance and the fact they shared a series against the No. 1 Test side.