Assistant manager Glynn Snodin hailed goalscorer Jeffrey Monakana after 10-man Preston secured a 1-1 draw at Carlisle.
Preston's third meeting of the season with north-west rivals Carlisle went the same way as the previous two, ending in a closely-contested draw and although both sides were free of relegation worries it was feisty tussle with visiting
midfielder Nicky Wroe sent off in the 66th-minute for a second yellow card.
Monakana's early strike for Preston was cancelled out before half-time by Lee Miller's close range effort, his eighth goal of the season.
Teenage Carlisle defender Brad Potts could have snatched it in added time with a bullet of a shot from 25 yards which Preston's imposing German goalkeeper Torsten Stuckmann managed to beat away.
"Jeff has got talent and pace which defenders hate," Snodin said. "It was a great goal and he showed flashes of what he can do.
"I felt we controlled the first half and passed it well and created chances. We showed fighting spirit when we went down to 10 men.
"It was a good free-kick by Carlisle and a slip or mistake can change a game. I thought they would come at us, but we were okay and kept our shape well and made it difficult for Carlisle.
"Nicky Wroe's sending off was a spur-of-the-moment thing. He wants to score goals and you have to ask him to go in there.
"Our aim is the top half of the table and we are just about there now. The lads have been magnificent in training and on the pitch and we can't ask for anything better."