"Yeah, happy overall to be into the Leinster final, happy to have got ourselves through that game," said Sugrue.
"It wasn't pretty for long stretches, but we managed to get through it.
They stuck with us in the second half and at times it probably went a bit too close for comfort for us." The Carlow fairytale in Leinster is over but O'Brien has no doubt his side will be competitive in the qualifiers.
"It's to get over the initial disappointment of today," he said.
Laois led by three again coming into the final five minutes but Carlow fashioned a goal chance, only for Shane Redmond to see his effort blocked.
It was one of a number of decent goal opportunities they fashioned but Redmond's effort was their last real chance to raise the green flag they needed.
When it came down to the home straight, the Barrowsiders were still within a score; that left the Laois support uneasy.
They're very united, really like a club team and I think they'll bounce back. "We'll have to wait to see the draw in the morning and I'm sure the heads will be lifted." SCORERS - Laois: D Kingston 0-3 (2fs), R Munnelly 0-2fs, C Begley, F Crowley, A Farrell, N Donoher, P Kingston, E O'Carroll, B Glynn 0-1 each."It was a tough day for Evan, but that fella has been standing up inside the dressing-room this year and doing a big job for us," Laois boss John Sugrue said."He's had an injury or two and it's set him back, but please God he'll be challenging hard for a place in the Leinster final, but it's a great sign of a man, a great sign of steel inside in a fella and it's probably a fitting tribute to his dad that he came out and he finished the game for us today." On the balance of things, Laois deserved their place in the final but the game itself won't be remembered with any fondness."There was some brilliant defending from us but we tried to attack from our own 20m line very fast with too much ground to make.We probably should have been more patient on the ball at that stage.Laois then grabbed the insurance point through O'Carroll."We had four or five goal chances and didn't convert any of them," Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien commented ruefully.For most of the 70-plus minutes, Laois had shown themselves to be the more rounded side.But Carlow were being Carlow and keeping themselves in touch through a combination of organisation, graft and some wayward Laois shooting.Laois opened up a 0-5 to 0-2 lead on 27 minutes when Finbarr Crowley clipped over a free.The teams swapped points before the break to see Laois take a 0-6 to 0-3 lead in at the interval.