Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still was delighted with the second-half effort of his side in their 2-2 draw at Rochdale.
The home side were cruising to a third successive victory on Saturday thanks to first-half goals from Dele Adebola and Bobby Grant. But Kevin McIntyre's 60th-minute dismissal for a challenge on Josh Scott in the penalty area changed the course of the game.
Daggers skipper Mickey Spillane scored from the resulting spot-kick and, just minutes later, Sam Williams headed an equaliser.
Still, who felt Dale had been hard done by with the red card, admitted: "We said at half-time that if we score first then we'll score again. We don't lack endeavour but we do lack a bit of direction. We've got to build a new heart as we've lost the heart of our side gradually over the last 18 months.
"At half-time I said we'd make chances and that's not easy here because they're a good side. We just had to up our pace. Forget the sending-off, I thought the second half was one-way traffic. We got on top and got into the game. It's definitely a point gained though, coming to a place like Rochdale and we finished the game on a high.
"We lack a bit of direction because of our youthfulness. But we don't lack endeavour. The endeavour here was good enough to get us a point."