Even if the round was messy, making it to the next round is a win in its own right, especially if it was painful.
Just as much as strength or speed or flexibility, endurance is its own ability.
If you’ve signed up for creative work, it’s likely that you’re in it for the long haul. No significant career or pursuit was completed in less than five years.
On some days, especially on the days where everything seems to be on the brink of implosion, staying fight is a valid strategy.