Salford coach Ian Watson hailed his side’s fighting spirit, despite a late Saints try condemning them to defeat.
The Red Devils were beaten in agonising circumstances at the end of a heroic performance away at the league leaders.
He told reporters after the match: “It was really disappointing and kind of frustrating.
“To get lead we had after the start we had and to get back into a position of winning the game is a great credit to the boys.
“But we needed to be smarter at the back end and the penalty near our line killed us.
“We thought we’d won the game with our defence when put them in touch, but the penalty and repeat sets worse us down in the end.
“We do feel like we lost it, but to show the character and fight we did against a champion team is positive.
“Nobody has pushed them that close here and we did that, we just needed to be smarter to finish off the game.”