Shrewsbury Town boss Mike Jackson said his already-relegated side had owed their fans a performance after a 1-1 draw at Gillingham.
Substitute Shaun Miller struck late on for the visitors to cancel out Adam Barrett's header, just as Shrewsbury looked on course for a fifth straight Sky Bet League One defeat.
"In the situation we're in, I think there were a lot of positives to come out of the game," said Jackson, who said his own future will be settled soon.
"We had some good opportunities, played some good football at times and we got back into the game.
"That's good for the fans, that gives them something positive because they haven't seen their team roll over.
"We showed what we can do; that's what we're capable of.
"It was massively important not to end the season with another defeat.
"I said to the players beforehand that we should aim not to finish bottom, and that we owed it to the fans to get a result.
"But eight points from safety is a big gap - I'm not trying to dress it up, but we've got to take something from this season otherwise we carry on in doom and gloom.
"Not finishing bottom gives us something to cling on to at least."
Gills captain Barrett headed the hosts in front from six yards after substitute Danny Kedwell's effort had been cleared off the goal-line by Town defender Luke Summerfield.
But on-loan striker Miller latched on to the end of Joe Jacobson's pin-point delivery 11 minutes after coming on to earn Shrewsbury a point.
The hosts had the better opportunities throughout, and top scorer Cody McDonald hit the post shortly before half-time after rounding defender Jermaine Grandison.
Gillingham boss Peter Taylor, whose own future is unclear, said: "I'm sure I'll be talking to the chairman soon to find out (about my future at the club).
"I think the club needs a decision straightaway - for the size of the club to stay in this division, I think that's what it needs.
"As a club we want to progress, so we need to get that sorted out.
"This season has been a good test for everybody. The players should have all learned something from this season.
"Lots of things were good in this game. Some of our passing was good, we were unlucky not to score a couple of goals just before half-time through Cody and that would have given us an easier second half.
"We kept going, it was a good goal we scored, and overall I'm happy we didn't get beaten.
"But as a manager, you're always wanting perfection. To be fair to Shrewsbury they played good football."