Micky Adams criticised his Tranmere players for dropping their standards against Hartlepool – but thinks it was a point gained rather than two dropped.
Rovers led the Football League’s bottom club for just two minutes after Kayode Odejayi’s first half opener.
Adams admits they probably did not deserve to win after the way the visitors played throughout.
But he says it could be an important point come the end of the season.
“We’ve got to look at it as a point gained,” he said.
“That could be the point that keeps us in the division, so as far as I’m concerned every point’s a bonus at this stage.
“I think I’m honest, I think that Hartlepool were better than us on the day.
“We’ve set standards recently and we fell below them.
“I’m generally disappointed with the overall performance.
“I couldn’t really put my finger on one aspect of it and say that was poor, because I think there were a lot of aspects that were poor today.
“We got caught out with a bit of sloppy defending and they’ve punished us for it.”
Adams still had some praise for his players after the full-time whistle, though.
The result means Tranmere have moved up one position in the League Two table, above Carlisle on goal difference.
They have also put a point between themselves and the relegation zone because Dagenham and Redbridge, who are 23rd, were not playing.
And Adams is chuffed to see his team still out of the bottom two.
“I want to give my players a bit of credit,” he continued.
“Whilst we’re all disappointed with the performance, they’ve put an awful lot of effort in to drag themselves off the bottom of the table.
“I don’t want my players to be down, and I certainly don’t want the supporters to be too down.
“We’re scrapping for our lives and we’ve scrapped another point there today.
“On another day, we could have won it. We had chances to win it, but Hartlepool had chances to have won it also.”
The point also shows how far Tranmere have come under Adams’ leadership, with the boss admitting they may have lost this game a couple of months ago.
“I think that’s possibly a decent assessment,” he added
“We’ve shown our battling qualities.
“We’ve shown that we’re resilient, that we’ve got a never say die spirit.”