They may only have left Monaco with eight points, but McLaren feel they took a few steps forward in the Principality.
Jenson Button crossed the finish line on the streets of Monte Carlo in sixth place, but his team-mate Sergio Perez crashed out late in the race after he appeared to be on course for a decent haul of points.
What will have been pleasing for the team was the fact that both drivers made it into Q3 for only the second time this season, while they were also able to keep within striking distance of Lotus and Ferrari on race day.
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh feels they are moving in the right direction.
"We should have had a decent haul of points, but we have made a little bit of progress," Whitmarsh told Autosport.
"The interesting thing coming here was we actually had reasonable stability under braking, and reasonable traction, which is basically where we were being killed previously.
"We haven't got enough performance yet, but we are making a bit of progress and the balance of the car wasn't bad.
"We will keep pushing until we get ourselves in a good competitive position."