Paul Tisdale admits Exeter's desperation forced a late 1-1 draw at Wycombe as the Grecians ended their losing run at Adams Park.
Heading into the clash with the Chairboys, Exeter had lost their last five games in all competitions but Alan Gow equalised Steven Craig's fortunate first-half goal with nine minutes remaining to share the spoils.
"The players wanted it so much," said Exeter boss Tisdale. "The only criticism you can have is that at 1-1 we had a couple of opportunities around the box and just rushed things. Apart from that we were great, I'm really pleased for them.
"I think we showed more guts as the game went on as we increased the direction of our play. We showed real solid belief and gumption, they were desperate for it.
"We've had a tough day or two leading up to this and we needed to break the run we're in.
"It's a positive point off the back of a poor run of results and arguably we put enough into it that we wouldn't have been lucky if we'd won it. We put a lot of effort into that and a lot of positive play. We did most of the pushing.
"I suppose their goal was lucky, though I don't talk about that very often. The tempo of the game changed at that point - it was going to be a long 80 minutes for them to hold out so I'm pleased we kept on pushing."