Cape Town - Proteas all-rounder JP Duminy emerged proud enough after South Africa secured an ODI series win over Sri Lanka.
The Proteas lost the two-Test series 2-0 and Tuesday's one-off T20I, but secured a 3-2 ODI series victory against the islanders.
"I don't think we're walking away from Sri Lanka with negativity," said Duminy.
"I think there's a lot of positives. I've certainly experienced many tours of the sub-continent when you walk away with your head in your hands not knowing where your next run or next wicket is going to come from.
Yes, there's disappointment about the Test series, but from a one-day perspective, we've taken huge strides in my opinion. I'm excited by the brand of cricket we're trying to adopt. I believe we can only get better."
The left-handed Duminy was named Player of the Series on the back of an impressive stretch of form during the ODIs - and praised the performance of leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.
Shamsi partnered left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj in the absence of the experienced Imran Tahir.
"Tabraiz is an exciting prospect for South African cricket and he's a wicket-taker," he added.
"If you look at Imran who's been a match-winner for us for many years, to have another one coming through now, it's fantastic. Even Keshav has been a match-winner for South Africa.
"That's exciting to see for our spin department. Spin coach Claude Henderson has played a big role in that, working with the spinners. It's exciting to see them put their hands up in these conditions."