Brumbies captain and flanker Ben Mowen said that they will take a lot of positives out of their 36-34 loss to the Bulls.
The Australian side, coached by former Springbok World Cup-winning coach Jake White, took two bonus points for their try-scoring effort and a narrow defeat.
The Brumbies have not won in Pretoria since February 2006 and the closest they have come to the Bulls before this two point loss was a 11 point 17-28 loss in 2008.
The Canberra men finished the stronger team in the match and scored 21 points in the final ten minutes.
"A lot of positives come out of it," said Mowen who left the field injured with a back/neck injury shortly after the start of the second half.
"One or two things go our way and we're away. I was really happy with our attacking game."
The Brumbies outscored the Bulls by five tries to two and came close to scoring a sixth try when winger Henry Speight dropped the ball over the tryline.
"We've got some work left on our defence," admitted Bulls captain and eighthman Pierre Spies.
Spies who failed to stop Speight from scoring the first try of the match said he was relieved that the Bulls, "'Did enough to get the win."
The Brumbies stay at altitude this week as they face the Lions in Johannesburg this coming weekend.