Oxford United boss Chris Wilder feels his side have improved in League Two this season after seeing them battle back to a 2-2 draw at Barnet on Monday.
Oxford won promotion to the Football League last May and sit 12th having lost just 16 of their 44 games.
"A month or two ago our heads would've dropped after going 2-1 down but not today," Wilder told BBC Oxford.
"I'm delighted with that, they knew they were good enough to get something from the game and went and did that."
Wilder continued: "It wasn't a fantastic performance from us, we had a a lot of tired legs and we couldn't make many changes because of the injuries we've got."
Oxford are suffering in defence having lost right-back Damian Batt to a hamstring injury on Monday while centre-backs Djoumin Sangare and Mitchell Hanson are also sidelined.
Sangare broke his metatarsal in Saturday's draw with Chesterfield, and Hanson was unavailable because of a head injury he sustained in the same game, although he is expected to return for the match against Lincoln City this weekend.
"We've done great all season, the conditioning of the players has been fantastic, but we're coming into the final furlong and we're just going down a touch and that's disappointing," said Wilder.
"But we get on with it and move forward and we've got two games to go at it."