Mickey Lewis felt it was a point gained for his Oxford side in their goalless draw with Exeter.
Lewis was taking charge of Oxford for the first time since Chris Wilder departed for Northampton earlier this week and maintained the U's unbeaten away record, although they were made to work for it by an impressive Exeter side.
"I think it is a point gained, these are one of the better teams in the league although I know their league position doesn't show that at the moment," Lewis said.
"They played some good football and kept possession well. I thought we closed the ball down at the right time and put them under pressure. With a bit more quality at times we could have possibly opened them up. We got into positions that didn't quite come off for us.
"They could have nicked it at the end. We had a couple of breakaways where we could have nicked it. But Ryan Clarke has produced two great saves.
"It is trying to get the balance of winning the game and making sure you don't lose it. We want to be positive and win games which we have done all year away from home.
"But it is a tough place to come to but in the last four games we have won two and drawn two which is a good run in anyone's book. We showed some great spirit and I am really pleased for the boys."