Scott Parker hailed his side's display after West Ham earned a battling point against Stoke at the Britannia.
Parker put the Hammers ahead on 32 minutes when slotting home from close range but Kenwyne Jones equalised three minutes after the restart as the Potters upped their tempo following the interval.
But the Hammers - inspired by Parker's tireless work - held on for their first point of the campaign and the midfielder was delighted with his side's display.
He told Sky Sports 2: "I think we controlled the game in the first half and probably deserved to be 1-0 up.
"I think we can take huge positives out of today. They put us under immense pressure and we defended really well.
"We came here today low in confidence and we can leave high in confidence."
Asked about the absence of manager Avram Grant, who was observing the Jewish holy day Yom Kippur, Parker added: "It was going to be difficult when your manager's not here but we understand the circumstances.
"We just got on with it and came here and got a result."
Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant put in a fine performance and set up Jones' equaliser before he was substituted late on after suffering an injury.
But Pennant reassured fans he should not face a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
"I can walk and there's no pain so hopefully it will not be long," he said.