Brentford boss Uwe Rosler was full of praise for his young team after a battling goalless draw at Scunthorpe on Saturday.
Teenage striker Saido Berahino, on loan from West Brom, almost broke the deadlock for the Bees early in the second half with what would have been his third goal in two games, but his shot was well kept out by keeper Sam Slocombe.
And in the closing stages leading marksman Gary Alexander came off the bench to almost snatch victory for his side with a shot that dipped just over.
But Rosler said: "This was a game that a couple of weeks ago we would have lost.
"We now have a good spirit in the dressing room and you can see that the players are battling for each other. A little while ago I was critical of our defence because we could not keep any clean sheets.
"But we have worked hard on that and you can see the improvement. I thought we were the better team and did have chances to have won it, though not many."