Bermuda suffered a 4-2 defeat in their friendly against DC United at the Bethlehem Soccer Complex here Friday night, but national coach Kyle Lightbourne remained upbeat ahead of Tuesday's crunch CONCACAF Nations League away to unbeaten Mexico.
The Major League Soccer side appeared to be in full control after Ola Kamara and Gordon Wild gave them a 2-0 lead.
But Bermuda rallied with goals from winger Zeiko Lewis, of US outfit Charleston Battery, and Osagi Bascome, who plays in England for non-League side Darlington, leaving the teams deadlocked at 2-2 at the break.
DC United regained the initiative and forged ahead through a Griffin Yow brace as Lightbourne made 10 substitutions while experimenting with various tactical formations.
Mexico, meanwhile, beat Panama 3-0 on Friday night as they remained in control of League League A Group B. Defeat on Tuesday will see Bermuda drop to League B after they lost the home leg 5-1 against Mexico and traded victories against Panama, losing 4-1 at home and winning 2-0 away.
'We tried a little something different tonight with the three at the back just with Mexico in mind,' Lightbourne said.
'We've done a little bit of work on it, and this was a great opportunity to try something. We were able to see, but we reverted back to the way we usually play.