Chris Kiwomya revealed he had to have stern words with his Notts County players at half-time after a lacklustre first half against Crewe.
But the Magpies' caretaker manager was pleased with the second-half response - and his new loan signing.
The visitors dominated the opening 45 minutes with a composed display but were left to rue not making the most of it.
The only goal in the first-half came late on from Alex skipper Luke Murphy who scored from the penalty spot after Gavin Mahon had tripped Ajay Leitch-Smith inside the box.
However, the hosts were revitalised in the second period and levelled through on-loan Manchester United striker John Cofie, making his debut, with a terrific 20-yard finish.
Kiwomya said: "It was a game of two halves really. First half we stood off them and got overloaded at the back and it was an easy game.
"I said to them at half-time, 'why are you standing off them?' They were coming 25 yards into our half and we were still standing off them so I told them not to be scared of them and we made a tactical change and it helped the team.
"The lads stuck with it and we were so close to getting the three points in the end. It was a great finish by John Cofie to equalise and I thought he worked tirelessly. We needed something and I had heard good things about him and it showed out there.
"I'm pleased with a point. I thought we played well second half and bossed the game. They are a good team and I thought in the end there was only one team going to win it."