Sam Ricketts returned to the Bolton side with a goal against Wolves, but he was unable to help the Trotters to three much-needed points.
Following a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury, the Welsh full-back was reinstated to the Trotters' starting XI on Saturday.
He enjoyed a dream start to his first outing in 10 months, with a 25-yard thunderbolt firing Bolton in front.
They were, however, unable to hang on to that lead and a 1-1 draw on home soil means the Trotters will prop up the Premier League table heading into 2012.
"On a personal level I'm delighted, I'm just disappointed we didn't win the game," Ricketts told Sky Sports.
"That was the biggest thing today because the club are in a position where they need to win games.
"The performance was much better and it was important that we didn't get beat. Three points would have been lovely."
Ricketts admits confidence has been in short supply at the Reebok Stadium in recent weeks, but he feels Bolton offered enough against Wolves to suggest that they are capable of clawing their way to safety.
"You just need something to get you in front and raise confidence," added the Wales international.
"When you have been on the run that we've been on, it's natural that heads will go down and confidence won't be as high as if we were winning every week.
"We just needed to grind out a result and we have done that today. We need to build on the performance now."