Bristol Rovers boss John Ward was delighted with his team after a late equaliser earned them a 1-1 draw at high-flying Scunthorpe.
The Iron's leading scorer Sam Winnall fired the home side in front in the 22nd minute with his 18th goal of the season and also hit the crossbar with a second-half header.
But substitute Steven Gillespie rescued a point for hard-working Rovers in the 89th minute.
The result was even more impressive given Rovers suffered two injury blows with Exeter loanee Alan Gow carried off on a stretcher with suspected knee ligament damage while Tom Lockyer suffered a broken nose.
"They are two key players for us in how we are trying to play, but the strength of the squad we now have is showing through," said Ward.
"We could have come here and tried to be cagey, but I challenged my players to come and be positive.
"We have come here and attacked Scunthorpe and taken a very good point against a top team. We have stood strong against them and the result is a good one for us both mentally and physically.
"I was a bit disappointed with some of our quality in the first half, we gave the ball away a bit too cheaply at times. We also did that a bit in the second half when we were in some good positions.
"I am not complaining, but we do have to get better on that. However, I cannot be unhappy with the performance of my team.
"I thought Scunthorpe's goal was against the run of play and we then survived a spell in the second half before getting the equaliser with a really well worked goal.
"The way we played and the result here means hopefully we can look ahead now and be a bit more positive."