Manager Wayne Burnett believes his Dagenham side have the character to prove a stronger force in League Two this season.
He was delighted with the way they fought back to snatch an injury time equaliser through Luke Howell in their 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe.
And he is feels there is enough quality in his side to avoid a third successive battle against relegation.
"It is imperative this season that we get off to a good start," said Burnett. "Not many teams will come here to Scunthorpe this season and go away with a point.
"I must confess I thought we would be leaving with nothing when they went in front after 88 miniutes. It came from a corner and I was really upset with the way we conceded.
"But we showed great character to come back and equalise through Luke. I was delighted with that. It showed a never-say-die attitude.
"Overall, I think a draw was perhaps a fair result. Both teams had chances and in the end it could have finished 3-3 or 4-4."
Burnett is happy with the way his squad is shaping up this season after taking four points from their last two games.
"We are getting better as a squad, but it is an ongoing process," he said. "There are still some things we need to work on but we will continue to improve."
Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws was bitterly disappointed to see his side held after centre back David Mirfin had headed them into what looked like a match-winning lead from a corner by Andy Dawson.
That followed a 69th minute missed penalty by veteran striker Chris Iwelumo shortly after he had cone off the bench to breath some life into a struggling Scunthorpe attack.
"It does feel like a defeat," confessed Laws. "I thought this set of players had learned how to see out a game when we were in front, I really did.
"But then to throw away a goal in stoppage time the way we did was really disappointing.
"And what makes it even more disappointing is the fact it was the first we have conceded this season because we have been defending so well."
But Laws was honest enough to admit his side did not deserve more than a point.
"If I am honest, a draw was about fair," he said. "Credit to Dagenham, they came here with a game plan and performed it well.
"And they had a couple of good chances early in the second half to take the lead. The warning signs were there for us and it was a let-off that Dagenham could not take those chances.
"We did not play well, but could still have won the game.
"That's four points that we have let slip away and we have got to learn form that.
"Teams are going to come here and make life difficult for us and we have got to learn how to overcome that.
"We need our strikers to start being sharper. If not, then we might have to look to do something else."