Alex McLeish admitted he was left frustrated after Sunderland fought back twice to hold Villa to a 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light.
Stephane Sessegnon headed a dramatic late equaliser as Steve Bruce's men snatched a point in a dramatic finish.
Stilyan Petrov fired Villa into an early lead but 18-year-old Connor Wickham equalised with a fine left-foot strike. Richard Dunne headed Villa back in front with six minutes left but the Black Cats still had time to draw level when the Beninese star nodded in Sebastian Larsson's free-kick.
And McLeish told Sky Sports: "Thankfully we kept eleven men on the pitch this week but frustration the last two weeks.
"I'd like to think we can get something from anybody's ground and today I thought we played some good football.
"I was really pleased with the way the players passed the ball and we created some chances. Again, the defending at the goals, the set-pieces, was the only thing I was really disappointed with.
"There was some good passing. We certainly looked to try and play intelligent balls when we can and I think the players are getting better at it.
"I'm really delighted with young Chris Herd this week. He broke up a lot of things and I got to say he was magnificent."
The Scot did not want to make any comment surrounding the incident after Sunderland's first equaliser when Charles N'Zogbia claimed he was felled in the build-up with David Vaughan's arms all over him, but added: "If the referee can't see that from the distance he's at then what chance have we got."
And as for striker Darren Bent, he added: "Any man in that position you would want to see is Bent and unfortunately, he could be up to six or seven goals already this season, but he just has to shrug that off like a piece of dandruff and be in the same position next week."