Joleon Lescott was delighted with his 'dream' goal against France and was pleased with the resilience of Roy Hodgson's England.
Lescott put England ahead after half-an-hour only for his Manchester City team-mate, Samir Nasri, to salvage a point with an equaliser nine minutes later.
But England showed plenty of determination and organisational qualities to collect a vital point ahead of matches with Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine.
Lescott said: "It was a really good, collective performance. It was a really hard game to start off with.
"We had to be organised and you know what you get with an English team. There will be plenty of pride and passion but I think we also looked good going forward and we can build on this.
"We had a gameplan today and we are confident going into every game. We should be confident of getting a win. But our work ethic was important tonight.
"Scott (Parker) and Steven (Gerrard) played really well and solid. James (Milner) and Alex (Oxlade-Chamberlain) as well.
"No matter how we played, it was important we did not lose the game and it gives us a good position to get into the next game."
Lescott netted his first international goal from a pinpoint free-kick by skipper Steven Gerrard.
He said: "It is always nice to score and this was extra special. It is the sort of goal you dream about. But the delivery was of such good quality that it made it easy to hit the target."