Terry Brown praised his AFC Wimbledon side after they recovered from conceding 11 goals in their last two games to draw 2-2 with Dagenham & Redbridge at Kingsmeadow.
The hosts fell behind to a Michael Spillane header after Dwight Gale had seen his early penalty saved by Dons goalkeeper Seb Brown, but they took the lead courtesy of first-half goals from Jack Midson and Byron Harrison before Luke Howell equalised.
Brown was delighted with the effort of his players as they hung on for the a point in the second half.
He said: "I can't say I'm happy with the performance but I'm happy with a well-earned point. It was very hard work in the second half. They had the better of it and created chances that we did well to defend.
"I'm very pleased with the first-half performance. The crowd got us up for it and we played some smashing stuff. The second half was relentless pressure and credit to Dagenham. Their midfield dominated and we have to look at improving there.
"When you get spanked by five and six and given some of the defensive displays we have I'd be wanting some answers quick if I was a punter. That's football and I accept that. We're not back on track yet. There's a lot of work to do and we need to start keeping some clean sheets.
Opposite number John Still satisfied with Dagenham's efforts.
Still said: "We got off to a dream start with the penalty and you hope they go in. Then if you get a second goal it changes the emphasis. We didn't get that and went 2-1 down. We deserved that for defending poorly.
"We were much better in the second half and took it to them. It was a good performance away from home, and you can never be disappointed with an away draw but you play to win. I'm pleased with the second half performance but disappointed with the first.
"We don't have the most experienced team but what we do have is lots of energy. We feel we've got goals in this team. Dwight will be disappointed with the penalty but he's very sharp and very bright and there are goals to come from him."