Kidderminster manager Steve Burr was relieved to still be in the FA Trophy after a 4-4 draw at Vauxhall Motors.
Burr told BBC Hereford and Worcester he would gladly have taken a replay at 4-2 down in the second half.
"I thought we were going out of the competition and that would have been bitterly disappointing," he said.
"Given the amount of chances we had in the second half from which we didn't score it looked like it wasn't going to be our day."
Harriers had got off to the best possible start when Mickey Demetriou put them ahead after only four minutes, but Vauxhall hit back to lead 2-1 courtesy of an unlucky Michael Brisoe own goal and a Cole Stockton header from a free-kick.
Jamille Matt levelled for Harriers on 26 minutes, but Tom Hannigan restored Vauxhall's lead on the stroke of half-time much to Steve Burr's obvious frustration.
"Defensively today I thought we let some really soft goals in, and all that after getting off to a great start going 1-0 up in the first five minutes," he said.
"Some of our football in the first half in particular was very good, but I am just pleased to have another crack at it," he added.
A replay at Aggborough looked a long way off when Vauxhall Motors made it 4-2 on 53 minutes when Tranmere loanee Stockton netted his second of the game.
Jack Byrne threw the Aggborough club a lifeline with a near-post header on 73 minutes but they needed a Nick Wright penalty in injury time to earn the second chance.
"Their lad [Leighton McGivern] found himself getting sent off but it was a good penalty - it is never easy taking a penalty anyway but especially when it is the last kick of the game.
"But he has obviously given us a lifeline to try to get through on Tuesday."
BBC Hereford and Worcester will have live coverage of Kidderminster Harriers FA Trophy first-round replay at Aggborough on Tuesday, 13 December (kick off 1945 GMT).