Tommy Wright was content after his Corby Town side battled back to earn a point from a game he felt they simply could not afford to lose.
The Steelmen made it four points from two clashes with Brackley Town over the festive period as Kalern Thomas’ excellent late goal cancelled out Tom Winters’ second-half opener for the Saints.
The 1-1 draw ensured both teams remain in the bottom three of the Vanarama National League North with the Steelmen still a point adrift of safety.
And, having beaten Brackley on Boxing Day before losing to Lowestoft Town last Monday, Wright admitted to having “mixed feelings” after Thomas’ goal rescued a share of the spoils.
“It’s mixed feelings because I billed the game to the boys as a must-win but it was crucial not to get beaten, we could not afford to lose that,” the Steelmen boss said.
“It’s three games on the spin now where I can say the lads have given their all for 90 minutes rather than throw the towel in after 60 or 70.
“There are plus points to come out of it but I genuinely think we will play worse and win games this season.
“They had more of the ball but in terms of clear-cut chances I felt we were the stronger of the two teams.
“The boys looked more solid and we looked a powerful side. We changed things to chase the goal and it paid off for us.”
Wright, meanwhile, paid tribute to unlikely hero Thomas after his fine goal earned a point.
With just six minutes remaining, the left-back cut in from the wing and beat Brackley goalkeeper Sam Hornby with a magnificent right-footed strike into the far top corner.
Wright added: “Kal can really frustrate people at times because he has all the attributes to be a great footballer. He is so athletic but he can let himself down with a simple 10-yard pass.
“But he does do that now and again in training and playing in a wing-back role, we are encouraging him to go on.
“He showed, by getting into that position, that he is a better footballer than people give him credit for.”