David Moyes admits Everton were lucky to take a point against Blackburn but felt Shane Duffy's performance was a redeeming feature of their display.
The Toffees went ahead in the first half at Goodison Park through Tim Cahill but threw away their lead when a resilient Rovers side equalised courtesy of David Goodwillie.
Manager Moyes admits his side's performance was poor after they let the chance to climb into the Premier League top 10 go begging.
"We didn't play well today," he told Sky Sports. "Blackburn played better than us and we were a little bit fortunate to come away with a point.
"We've not played well enough and we're going to have to try and improve.
"When you're in your home games you always want to win them. We have to see it as what was a chance for us to pick up all three points and we didn't do so."
Despite his disappointment, Moyes took some consolation from the display of young stopper Duffy, who was stepping in at centre-back due to injuries.
"I thought Shane Duffy was our best player, I thought he was excellent," added the manager.
"The boy should take a lot of confidence from his performance and he certainly didn't let anybody down today.
"We're pleased with the lad. It's never easy. I think it's a difficult thing for a young centre-half to play in the Premier League.
"I think it's the hardest position now with the quality of the centre-forwards. There's less and less young centre-halves starting games in the Premier League so he's done very, very well."
Moyes was also pleased to see Cahill break a goal drought stretching back to December 2010.
He added: "He's been playing well in recent weeks. He's looking more likely to score and I can see that in the way he's been training and the way he plays the games."