Rochdale boss Keith Hill hailed his team's second-half comeback as Dale held Oxford to a 1-1 draw at the Kassam Stadium.
James Constable fired Oxford in front in the 24th minute, but Matt Lund headed an equaliser for the visitors five minutes after the break.
And Dale went on to look the more accomplished side in the second half as they earned their first away point of the season, after successive 1-0 defeats on the road.
"The second-half response from my team was magnificent," he said.
"When Oxford scored it could easily have been like 'here we go again' and we could easily have gone under, against a strong attacking team who had scored 11 goals in their previous four games.
"I was very pleased with the performance. The points will take care of themselves when you put in performances like that.
"I think we have been a little bit hindered in the previous two away games by a sending-off and then by a penalty.
"But midway through the first half we started showing the belief that I know we have in us, and we took that on into the second half.
"Oxford's goal was against the run of play, to my mind. It's all about taking the momentum away from the opposition and we did that. The game is not won in the first ten minutes.
"So it wasn't a slow start from us, but part of the plan and the strategy to limit the opportunities you allow the opposition.
"The second half was more open that I would have liked, in many ways, because we allowed Oxford too much space on the counter-attack.
"But overall the way we manipulated the ball was very pleasing, and in the second half we showed more penetration and I thought we were very unfortunate not to go on and win it."