Motherwell manager Stuart McCall praised Michael Higdon's strength of character after his late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw with Dundee United.
The Englishman missed a series of clear-cut chances during the match but finally got his reward with an 85th-minute leveller. McCall, whose side dropped to fifth position in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table, believes Motherwell fully merited a point and hailed Higdon for his refusal to shirk his responsibilities.
He said: "Michael missed a few chances but his link-up play was excellent throughout the 90 minutes. He held it up, brought people into the game and I was delighted to see him get the equaliser."
He added: "It was a test of character for the lads after going behind, but they had a go and we deserved the point.
"I was pleased how we started the game. We had a few chances and moved the ball well. But United were stronger in the first half and Darren Randolph had to pull off a few good saves.
"United are a strong side going forward and they really showed that in the first half.
"However, I always felt we could get back in. Henrik Ojamaa made a difference when he came on and the second half performance was excellent."
Motherwell had a good penalty claim turned down in the closing stages when substitute Ojamaa fell in a crowded box.
McCall felt there was contact but refused to criticise referee Stevie O'Reilly for not giving the spot kick.
He said: "I'm always going to think it was penalty. Henrik went between two players and we both thought there was a leg out. But the referee did well overall. It was a fast game and a hard one to referee. It would have been nice to get the penalty, but it wasn't to be."