Paul Tisdale was glad with Exeter's 1-1 draw at home to Colchester although it did little to help his side's bid to avoid relegation.
A Jamie Cureton goal eight minutes from time salvaged a point for the Grecians on Saturday after Karl Duguid had opened the scoring after eight minutes, but the St James Park result leaves them in 23rd place in League One and eight points adrift of safety.
"I think it was a really decent performance," Tisdale said. "I had a week to work on a pattern this week and considering our position and lack of recent wins, I think we showed a lot of confidence and guts to play.
"It was disappointing that we conceded such a soft goal. But that one moment aside, I thought we were really good.
"We showed a lot of character to play football and we came back into the game very strongly. We had two or three good chances at the end, which we snatched at.
"Colchester weren't even closing us down and they looked shattered. We perhaps could have taken a bit longer on the ball, but we showed we have a lot of character and we tried to play our way."