Chris Coleman praised Reading for bouncing back from their Captial One Cup heartbreak to battle for a point away at QPR.
Just days after throwing away a 4-0 lead to lose 7-5 to Arsenal, Reading produced a much-improved performance which bared no hallmarks of a team suffering from a disappointing defeat.
They took the lead through Kaspars Gorkss and, despite Djibril Cisse's second-half equaliser, limited QPR's attacking threat and took a point from Loftus Road.
"We talk about conceding seven goals in one game and that's got to hurt - especially when you were 4-0 up in that game - but that was a terrific response," Coleman told Sky Sports.
"Apart from the goalkeeper, who pulled off two terrific saves, I thought the best player was Jay Tabb who broke it up in midfield and played simple passes.
"Players like that usually go unnoticed but the work he got through was fantastic.
"Brian McDermott will be way happier with a point than Mark Hughes."
The point lifts QPR off the bottom of the table but neither side has recorded a win this season and Coleman said Rangers' big-name players must start converting their chances if they are to escape the drop zone.
"You can talk about reputations and big players and what they've done and where they've done it but it's about now and what they're going to do in the future," he said.
"With a squad of that quality you don't expect QPR to be in that position but they are.
"They deserve to be there because they've played ten games and because they've not been taking their chances.
"They created chances again today but they could have conceded as well. As the game went on it became more open. QPR came out after the break and got back into it but they let Reading get back into it.
"QPR looked nervous, but that's understandable because they haven't won a game in ten."
Charlie Adam agreed and said taking chances is vital if you want to be successful in the top flight.
"I don't think, after the equaliser, QPR did enough to win the game," he said.
"They had a couple of chances - Adel Taarabt should have scored to make it 2-1. If you don't take your chances in this league you're going to suffer.
"But overall I thought Reading's Sean Morrison at the back and the goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy were excellent. For his first game in the Premier League Morrison was outstanding."