Micky Adams was thrilled with the resilience his Tranmere side showed as they twice came from behind to draw with Wimbledon.
Before kick-off, it felt like Rovers’ drought in front of goal was as long as the wait for a British win just down the road at SW19.
But after nine hours of football, on-loan hit man Armand Gnanduillet struck twice to help the Super Whites move off bottom spot in the Football League.
And after firing a number of blanks in Adams’ first game in charge against Mansfield on Tuesday, the new manager was pleased to break the duck.
“I thought they were excellent today,” he said. “A week ago at Oxford, I saw them concede goals and it affected them. Their heads went down.
“But I’ve tried to instil into them that whilst there’s minutes left in a game of football, don’t drop your heads, keep going and show spirit and determination.
“I think that was there second half. I was really pleased with the effort.
“We were unfortunate not to win it in the end.”
Gnanduillet was Adams’ first signing at Prenton Park, joining on a one-month deal from Chesterfield less than a week ago.
And although the Rovers boss is already chuffed with the Frenchman’s impact, he thinks he still has plenty more to offer.
“I would like to see him more in the box,” he continued.
“He wants to come and get involved in things. I think if we’re going to play to his strengths, in and around the box is where he’s most effective.”
As valuable as Tranmere’s point was, Adams was also thrilled to see Liam Ridehalgh back in action.
The left-back rose off the bench just before the hour mark to make his first appearance of the season.
Hampered by an ankle injury in the summer, Rovers have been desperate to have the former Huddersfield defender fit because he possesses a quality not many in the squad do, something the manager was quick to point out.
“I’m sure he’s been sorely missed by Rob and his staff,” he said.
“Luckily for me I’ve got him fit now, he’s going to be a real bonus for us.
“He’s got the one thing that we haven’t got in this squad – a left foot.
“It’s the most unbalanced squad I’ve ever seen in terms of left footers and right footers, so I’m pleased to have him back.”