Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox hailed Fleetwood as the best team his side have played this season in their 0-0 draw at Glanford Park.
League Two leaders Scunthorpe went into the clash two points ahead of third-placed Town and were indebted to goalkeeper Sam Slocombe for maintaining that advantage.
His second-half penalty save from Steven Schumacher earned Iron a point and extended Wilcox's unbeaten record as manager to 12 games.
"Credit to Fleetwood, I think they are the best team we have played all season," said Wilcox.
"We have certainly had to work harder than we have had before when we have been without the ball.
"It was a difficult game for us. We had to dig in at times, but at times I thought we also played some good football.
"I thought the game was a great advert for League Two football.
"I enjoyed it and I think the neutral would have been able to see why both teams are at the top end of the table."
On the penalty, Wilcox was critical of Charlie Taylor's reaction to Terry Hawkridge's challenge and praised Slocombe.
"I thought it was a 'soft' modern-day penalty," Wilcox added.
"There was minimal contact, their player has made a meal of it and the referee has fallen for it.
"I think justice was done when Sam saved it. I think that's four penalties on the bounce now that he has saved.
"It capped a good night for him on what was his 100th appearance for the club."