Steve Harmison backed England's fighting spirit to help them salvage a draw from the second Test against Sri Lanka.
Harmison's return to international cricket saw him put in a lengthy stint with the ball, as did England's entire bowling attack with the hosts making 548-9 in the first innings to lead by 197 runs.
After spending so long in the field, Michael Vaughan and Alastair Cook did well to bat out the rest of the day to make it to 48 without loss at the close.
With England still 149 runs behind, they need to bat out the final day to grab a draw and head into the final Test just 1-0 behind and with a chance of drawing the series.
Harmison praised England's fighting spirit, but said that Sri Lanka's decision to keep on batting despite not scoring quickly help their cause.
"We were happy at the end," Harmison told Sky Sports after the close of play.
"Once they got over a hundred in front we know that with four and half sessions to go in the game it would be hard for us to win from there so you try and limit where they go.
"There was a period of about 15 overs were it was going nowhere, they were going for one an over, two an over, which we were happy with because we were 130, 140 behind and with four sessions left in the game you are going to struggle to win from that position.
"England have got to be happy with the effort we've put in, we're not happy we're behind the eight ball but another day's fighting like we have been over the last four days and hopefully we'll come out with a draw and go to Galle and try and square the series."
Harmison got through nearly 42 overs on his return to the England side, and looked promising when taking three wickets.
The Durham man says all England's bowlers had to hang on in there and fight their way through a tough couple of days.
"We all had to work hard to get our wickets. It's one of those wickets that's not got a lot in it for the seamers, we tried to get the ball to reverse but it didn't really.
"Mahela (Jayawardene) played very well, and he never got out of second gear I think, so sometimes you have to tip your hat and give credit where credit's due.
"But we stuck to the task - we bowled nearly 200 overs, but stuck to it and hopefully we can bat all day tomorrow."
Wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene refuted suggestions that Sri Lanka batted on for too long before declaring.
Jayawardene shared a 98-run, ninth-wicket stand with Dilhara Fernando as the hosts batted until just after tea, building their lead without any apparent urgency.
"We had a plan from our captain and coach," explained Jayawardene, who eventually fell to Harmison for 79.
"Always I play for the plan; I don't want to play for myself.
"[Captain] Mahela (Jayawardene) said we had to bat normally, set a target - and that was all.
"Our idea was to bat the whole day. My innings was based around helping the others do that."