England boss Roy Hodgson said a point was the most his side deserved from a below-par performance in the World Cup qualifier against Poland in Warsaw.
Wayne Rooney's 32nd England goal gave Hodgson's side a lead they protected until 19 minutes from time, when Kamil Glik headed an equaliser.
Hodgson was critical of England's poor passing in a game postponed 24 hours because of a waterlogged pitch.
He said: "Sometimes you just have to be satisfied to come away with something."
England are top of Group H and, although they lead second-placed Montenegro by a point and Poland by three points, Hodgson's side have played a game more.
"Sometimes there are days when things don't always go your way and it is important when they happen to come away with a result you can regard as a positive one," the England manager said.
"A point in Poland is not to be looked down on and it will not be easy for any of our rivals coming here. After the draw against Ukraine we would have had to play better to win here. We didn't, so then you have to take the second prize of a point."
Hodgson said the delay in staging the game may also have had an impact on his players, insisting: "I don't want to sit here and give the impression we were hard done by, but if a game is postponed it is a little bit easier if you are on home soil.
"On the pitch on Monday I thought the players looked very sharp and lively, but I didn't get that impression today.
"Whether that is down to the extra day, the sodden pitch or whether we just didn't play very well, there are days in any group of matches when you just don't hit the heights and you just have to make sure you don't go away rueing the fact you didn't play well."
Montenegro will move to the head of Group H if they beat San Marino in November.
Hodgson added: "The extra day, the extra stay and the soggy, dead pitch didn't work in our favour, but it was the same for both sides.
"Both sides made a few passing mistakes and, unusually for us, we were surprised at how many we sent astray, particularly in the first half."
Hodgson explained his decision to substitute goalscorer Rooney was a combination of tactical and physical reasons.
"There was an element of physicality," Hodgson said. "He looked as though he was tiring and because he was tiring we thought it was the right moment to bring on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to give us a bit of a boost to our game."