Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes the point gained from Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa will be a vital one in the Premier League title race.
United missed the opportunity to leapfrog Chelsea at the top of the table after they lost 2-1 at Everton.
But after picking up a point with ten men at Villa Park following the sending off of Nani on the half-hour mark, Ferguson was happy with the result.
The point came after a James Collins own goal cancelled out a 19th minute header from Carlos Cuellar.
"It was an important night and with Everton winning against Chelsea, we have gained one point and one goal," explained Ferguson.
"It could be important point."
Meanwhile, Ferguson branded Nani "naive" after his red card and automatic three-match ban took the Portugal winger out of contention for a place in the Carling Cup Final squad to face Villa at the end of the month.
"It was a sending off," said Ferguson of his two-footed lunge at Stiliyan Petrov."It was a red card. It was a naive tackle.
"He is not a malicious player but he has gone in with his foot raised off the ground and we cannot complain about it.
"We should have had a foul seconds before when (Gabriel) Agbonlahor came in with his foot up on Wes Brown's ribs.
"That was disappointing but we have no argument at all with the red card."