Manager Mick McCarthy was full of praise for his Wolverhampton Wanderers side after they battled for a point from a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa.
The home side led early on through John Carew, before Wolves hit back to lead 2-1 at the interval thanks to Jody Craddock and an own goal.
Carew's second of the game ensured that Villa took a share of the spoils, but McCarthy was content with another valuable point.
He said:"When Villa's first goal went in, I suppose everyone expected them to go on and win by four or five goals.
"It was nice to kick against the trend and it was a terrific performance and a fabulous point.
"The last two results have been good, but we have given ourselves encouragement with our actual performances in the last six or seven games.
"We matched Chelsea and Manchester United most of the time and got nothing. It is just nice to have results to back performances up.
"I thought their first goal was offside, but for the second one we defended badly. Let's be honest, Villa had their chances, but we also could have won it."