Simon Grayson cut a deflated figure after watching Preston concede a late goal to draw 3-3 with promotion rivals Rotherham.
Grayson would no doubt have taken the point following a blistering start by the Millers which left his men two goals down. Lee Frecklington opened the scoring before Tom Clarke flicked Ben Pringle's free-kick into his own net.
But North End gave themselves a lifeline when Craig Davies struck before the break and looked to be on course for all three points as Paul Gallagher and Joe Garner hit Rotherham with a one-two.
Steve Evans' side kept fighting and denied Preston three crucial points courtesy of Frecklington's scrambled 89th-minute finish.
"I'm frustrated and disappointed because to concede so late in the game and not secure the three points...it's obviously very disappointing," Grayson admitted.
"We didn't start the game well enough, going two down in the first 10 minutes, but we warned the players that might happen because they're a strong, physical team."
While the former Leeds and Huddersfield manager felt his team had dropped two points, he was full of praise for their character.
"That's embedded into the squad; it's a big thing that we ask the players that you've got to show character and desire when you suffer disappointment," Grayson added.
"We were disappointed but we will go again. It does feel like a defeat when we're stood here talking at this moment in time but it could be a valuable point come the end of the season."