England spinner Graeme Swann said the tourists are 'fairly pleased' having reduced Australia to 273-5 on day one of the second Test in Adelaide.
Having seen the hosts cruise to 155-1, England fought back with three quick-fire wickets but things could have been even better had they clung on to a trio of catches.
Michael Carberry was guilty of the most glaring error - missing a simple chance to dismiss the dangerous Brad Haddin at backward point - and Monty Panesar and Joe Root passed up more difficult opportunities to take the shine off England's fightback.
And Swann told Sky Sports: "We're fairly pleased. It would have been ideal to get six or seven wickets but we missed a couple of chances that on another day we'd expect to take.
"We stuck to our guns fairly well. That's a first day Adelaide pitch. It's drier than it normally is but it's still a bit of a featherbed.
"We are disappointed [with the dropped catches] but we are not angry. That's cricket. You do drop catches and we've fielded exceptionally well so far and taken some belters. It's just a shame today was the day that a couple went down.
"We've got a great spirit in the camp and nobody's going to be hard on anyone else. We know how hard we work on our fielding, so we'll come back tomorrow and hopefully take those half-chances."
Of his own catch, a diving two-handed effort at square leg to end Graeme Bailey's time at the crease, Swann added: "I'm not used to being out of the slips. I try and make a little trough for myself and stand there all day, to be honest.
"I went to square leg, Stuart Broad bowled one that rushed him. He middled it and there's no way someone of my age and mobility should catch it, but look at that!
"There's no pace in the pitch whatsoever. There's a little bit of turn. It's drier than we'd normally expect but it's still fairly typical for Adelaide - it was slow and fairly easy to bat.
"We have to get the ball talking early on tomorrow and get it reversing, then with a little spin from Monty and I.
"If we keep them below 350, we'll be happy. You never know what par is until the two teams have batted. We thought 500 was par last week and then we went and scored 120."
Swann also praised fellow spinner Panesar, who returned to the side for the first time in an Ashes match since July 2009 and showed enough to suggest he could well be a major asset for England in the match.
"I thought his bowling was excellent," Swann said of Panesar, who took 1-68 in 24 overs.
"It's never easy coming back into a team because obviously a lot of spotlight goes on you - a lot of expectation. I thought he applied himself really well.
"It was a beauty to get his wicket (bowling Steve Smith) and he could have had two by the end, which was unfortunate.
"He did the job we wanted him to do. That's all Monty ever does. He just turns up and plays his game."