James Beattie focused on the positives after watching 10-man Accrington miss out on a first league win of the season.
Alan Bennett rescued a point for AFC Wimbledon in a 1-1 draw.
Beattie's side started the day rock bottom of League Two and without a win to their name but looked like defying the odds as Kayode Odejayi headed them in to a 17th-minute lead.
But on the stroke of half-time the game turned as veteran Odejayi was shown a straight red card by referee Gary Sutton after clashing with Callum Kennedy.
It looked like Stanley would hold on for victory until Dons captain Bennett popped up four minutes from time to head home the equaliser.
Beattie refused to comment on the sending-off but was quick to praise the efforts of his under-pressure players.
"It was two halves of football, that's how much the red card changed the game," said Beattie.
"Its just one of those decisions but I've said to myself I'm not going to mention it because I don't think it warrants me mentioning it.
"We were unimpressed. I'd rather have played the game with 11 men but I can certainly say that of the 10 men - or 11 men with Will Hatfield coming on - I was very proud of all of them.
"Every single game I believe in the set of lads who are in there. That's not a team out there who are bottom of the league. I've seen teams at the bottom of the league before and they don't carry themselves like that - they don't walk around with their shoulders and their heads down.
"We walk around with our chests out wearing the crest of the club. They've done the club proud.
"I've just said in there that if we show that commitment and that desire then we won't be at the bottom of the league much longer."