Gary Rowett praised his Burton side after they halted Port Vale's winning streak with a 1-1 draw in the Staffordshire derby, thanks to a lucky goal by debutant Jordan Chapell.
The 21-year-old, on loan from Sheffield United, scored with his first touch when his cross sailed into the far corner of the net after 73 minutes.
But it took Vale just two minutes to rescue a point through their own super sub Ben Williamson.
Burton boss Rowett, who had seen his side thumped 4-1 by leaders Gillingham on Saturday, said: "I think we took the lead slightly fortuitously and we're disappointed we didn't hold onto it.
"But the big thing for me is that we played better than we have for three or four games and showed a lot more potency. I think against a very, very good Port Vale side, who are second in the league, a point is not something to be sniffed at.
"The way Port Vale play you know the game is going to be open and we had to defend really well at times. But I thought we had a go and might have won it because we had three or four half chances and offered more of a threat than we have done of late.
"I was delighted for Jordan that he got the goal, even if he didn't quite intend it. He's an old fashioned winger who wants to get crosses in - and what a great start for him at the club before he's even trained with us."
Burton lost goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson to a knee injury but managed to hold on for a point that Micky Adams thought was a fair outcome to a keenly-fought contest.
The Vale boss said: "That was a hard-fought point because we had difficulties during the match with injuries. We were up against it really but we showed our battling qualities and a never-say-die spirit.
"Towards the end we were piling the pressure on trying to snatch a late winner. Whether we would have deserved that I'm not too sure because I thought it was a game between two evenly matched sides."