St Mirren manager Danny Lennon was pleased with the way in which his side responded to going two goals down in their 2-2 draw with Aberdeen.
But Lennon felt his side played so well against the Dons that they could have gone on to win the match.
"I have got mixed emotions as we couldn't have got off to a worse start," said Lennon.
"However, the players showed real character in the way they came back and played some really good stuff."
Graham Carey's blistering free-kick completed the Buddies' comeback and spoiled Aberdeen's hopes of celebrating Craig Brown's year in charge at Pittodrie with a victory.
The Dons had taken an early two-goal lead through Scott Vernon and Rory Fallon, but Kenny McLean slotted a reply and Carey fired home the equaliser to snatch a point.
Lennon was pleased with the response his players gave in the latter stages of the first half and felt they ran out of steam towards the end when a win could have been on the cards.
"I have to give Aberdeen a lot of credit for the way they came out of the traps and they got in amongst us very well," added Lennon.
"We looked a little tentative in the first 20 minutes of the match, but Graham Carey's goal was a wonderful finish - it was no fluke as he practices that every day in training.
"It just shows you that practice does pay off.
"I was delighted with the character and spirit that they showed and I just felt that we just ran out of a little bit of time at the end."