Martin Allen praised the character of his Notts County side after they came from two goals down to earn a valuable point in a 2-2 draw against Huddersfield.
Two goals early in the second half from Gary Roberts and Jordan Rhodes put Huddersfield in command, but a Jeff Hughes penalty and goal from namesake Lee Hughes made sure of a precious point for the Magpies.
Allen said: "I'm very proud of them. Some of the performances lately have been good but we haven't managed to get anything out of the games."
He added: "I'm sure for the supporters it's difficult when we are playing well, dominating and then conceding late goals from set-plays. It's not good and it's not good for the confidence.
"To go 2-0 down on the club's 150th birthday, with all these supporters, we could have buckled. They could have got themselves in places where the ball wasn't.
"When we were 2-0 down I thought about making substitutions but none of them deserved to come off, and if we had lost that 2-0 then I would have praised the boys and said they had done the club proud."
Huddersfield boss Lee Clark said drawing the game after being in a clear winning position felt like a defeat for his promotion-chasing side.
He said: "We got ourselves in a fantastic position by doing the right things.
"Their first goal game from diving in, giving them a penalty which gave them the chance to get back into the game.
"We defended too deep for the second and Lee Hughes is always a good finisher. We've got an away point but it feels like a defeat."