The Slovenian side had won only twice their previous 15 European games at home but did enough to put a major dent in Spurs’ hopes of qualification from Group J.
Despite lying third in the table Villas-Boas is adamant the North London club are in a good position after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s equaliser earned them a point.
“Certainly on the running of the first half. The second half was extremely good, the first half was not so good,” he said.
“We came back into the game, which is pleasant to see again and it is good for us to bounce back.
“It is obviously not the full result we wanted bearing in mind the draw between Lazio and Panathinaikos, but certainly we will take a point.
“The group is completely open. What we face now is two games at home and I think we are in a good position in the group.
“We are in third position. We have three games to play, there are nine points to play for.
“You see the group – it is very tight. It is not a group where the leader has run off with points.”