Port Vale boss boss Micky Adams was left with mixed feelings after a game of two halves saw Walsall stage a stirring comeback which secured a richly deserved point.
Adams' men were the more potent force in the first-half when they could have added to Tom Pope's opportunist opener.
But the visitors were much the better side in the second period and went close to snatching all three points after debutant Tom Bradshaw had equalised.
Adams said: "I'm pleased with a point. We've played against a decent side, got something out of the game and we are up and running.
"I was very pleased with what I saw in the first half when some of our play was excellent. Mark Marshall caused Walsall a lot of problems down the left and delivered some very good crosses into the box.
"It looked like we may get a second goal, but then we weren't so good in the second half and Walsall had their moments.
"I warned my players about dropping too deep and allowing their man in the hole [Romaine Sawyers] too much room, but they didn't do anything about it.
"In the end we had to change our system to combat Walsall, which was disappointing but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.
"You never know what you are going to get from your new players, but we will keep working with them and they will get to know what I expect.
"It will take time and we will get better. We will pin a few things down in training and move on."
Walsall manager Dean Smith felt his side might have done enough in the second half to take all three points.
He said: "I'm a tad disappointed not to win the game after our second-half performance, but overall I'm very pleased with what I saw.
"In the first half we didn't move the ball quickly enough, but it wasn't easy for the players because the grass was dry and quite long.
"Vale's goal came from a deflected cross so we were a bit unfortunate there, but the response I got from the boys was excellent.
"Ashley Grimes is a class player and I'm sure he will score goals in this division. He linked up well with Tom Bradshaw and Brad took his goal very well.
"I was pleased with our defending and in the first half we dealt with a lot of crosses aimed towards Tom Pope.
"In the second half we played some very good football and caused Vale problems. We passed the ball well and moved it quicker.
"In the end we could have won it, but it's a good point and I saw plenty to encourage me."