York City manager Gary Mills felt his side did enough to win at Exeter and was ultimately left disappointed with a 1-1 draw.
The Grecians equalised seven minutes from time when John O'Flynn side-footed in a cross from Matt Oakley. Earlier, Michael Coulson opened the scoring in the 52nd minute after slotting home a pass from Jonathan Smith.
"The dressing room is quiet. We are disappointed to come away to Exeter and a get a point," Mills said. "I really fancied us once we got our noses in front, but we didn't quite see it out. They got the chance and they stuck it away so it is disappointing.
"We will learn from that and, at times, it is learning how to see a game out. Other than that they didn't really hurt us. We have come here and given a good account of ourselves and are going away with a big, big point.
"We started the game well and we waited for that opportunity. Michael has come up with another goal, massive for him. It was great movement and a very good goal. Well done everybody and the supporters who have come down - absolutely magnificent so I would like to thank them."
Exeter manager Paul Tisdale was disappointed with his side's performance and felt they lacked purpose.
"I am pleased that we got a point from where we were, but I am disappointed with our purpose overall. I am happy with the last 25 minutes, but we lacked purpose until that point.
"I don't think we played badly and we weren't lacking in energy or commitment. We just didn't mean it enough when we were moving forward.
"We played with a lot of purpose in the first game of the season, but found ourselves 3-0 down after half an hour.
"There are actions and consequences off the back of that experience and I think the players perhaps wanted to ease themselves into the game. I see no harm in that, but we should also recognise that there needed to be more purpose."