If you come in last place, but only by a margin of about 1.5%, and you successfully pull off the most diabolically fraudulent act of the night, is that really still a loss?
Well, yeah, I'd say so. But it's a loss I will happily accept.
(If you know the game, I offered one player a gold, a 1, and a 2 for three cards that were great for me. I actually gave him a 1, a 2, and I believe iconoclasm / heresy. I was then free to trade that 9 to another player for more cards that were great for me.)