St Mirren manager Danny Lennon was happy with the character shown by his side after Darren McGregor's injury-time header secured a 2-2 draw with Inverness in their opening game of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season.
Lennon's side had gone ahead in the first half through debutant Lewis Guy but looked set for defeat when two goals in six minutes from Nick Ross and Billy McKay handed Terry Butcher's team a 2-1 lead. However, McGregor's header brought relief to the home fans and Lennon believes they deserved a point for the way they responded to going behind.
He said: "We knew Inverness are a strong physical team and they didn't let us get started but it was important and brave of our lads to keep playing and then I thought for the last 25 minutes of the first half we started to find space and took a hold of the game.
Lennon added: "We got good quality into the box, scored a very good goal and Lewis should probably have even scored another one. In the second half I must compliment Inverness on the way they changed the game tactically.
"Terry was very positive in his approach and they caused us a lot of problems, although we also caused ourselves a lot of problems. They then went ahead but what pleased me is our lads had the desire and courage to roll their sleeves up, go again and get the draw."
"Let's just hope that continues, not just here but everywhere because that is the only way we are going to get people to fall back in love with the game - to entertain them."
Inverness counterpart Butcher echoed Lennon's sentiments about the entertainment on show and hopes the game will prove a valuable lesson for those in his squad who were experiencing Scottish football for the first time.
David Raven, Gary Warren, Ross Draper and Simon King were all making their debuts for the Highlanders but Butcher was especially pleased with the contribution of his younger players.
He said: "I think it was a culture shock for some of them. This is a unique league and it's an exciting league. There are mistakes but also bits of quality and whenever we play there are goals, so it's definitely exciting.
"Overall it was pretty good entertainment for the neutrals. The quality wasn't always there in one or two patches but both teams had a right go at one another and I think both teams will feel aggrieved they didn't score more goals and that they didn't take the three points.
- Danny Lennon
- Terry Butcher
- Darren McGregor