Chris Hughton was delighted to see Birmingham overcome a number of obstacles to pick up a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the FA Cup.
The Blues left Stamford Bridge on Saturday with a fifth round replay tucked safely under their arm.
It could have been even better for the Championship promotion hopefuls, as David Murphy had fired them in front, but they had few complaints about the final outcome.
Hughton saw injuries decimate his pre-match plans, while club captain Stephen Carr lasted just 12 minutes before being forced from the field.
The Blues boss told ESPN: "We had the players out and then we lost Stephen Carr so early in the game, which was a big blow to us. He is a big player for us, our captain, and he has only just come back from injury. That was a big blow but we have had to cope with a lot of things today.
"We also had to cope with a very, very good Chelsea team that caused us problems, but I thought that for large parts of the game we were able to cope with those problems and pose an attacking threat ourselves."
Birmingham's exploits in the Europa League this season have forced them to manage a gruelling fixture list, but Hughton says they are happy to have added yet another game to their already hectic schedule.
"It's financially good for the club and we are also in the competition," he said.
"We have played so many games already this season, I think we now only have one spare week through to the end of the season. But everybody wants it. It's a changing room that wants to play games and this is an exciting time, when you play in these competitions against the likes of the Premier League sides. It's exciting times for everyone at the club."
Back-up keeper Colin Doyle played a starring role for Birmingham on Saturday, with his penalty save from Juan Mata shortly after Murphy had broken the deadlock helping to keep out-of-sorts Chelsea on the back foot.
"Whenever he has come in, he has performed very well," Hughton said on Doyle.
"What we do have is two very good keepers. Boaz Myhill has had an excellent season and played in the majority of the league games but whenever we have called on Doyle, he has come up trumps.
"It was not only the penalty save, which kept us in the game, but he made a superb save from (David) Luiz from the free-kick in the first half. He was one of a lot of very good performances today."