KENNY Jackett believes Millwall's point against Birmingham City could prove crucial in their bid to secure their Championship status for next season.
The Lions gained ground on the teams below them in the league table on Saturday thanks to Chris Taylor's second-half equaliser at St. Andrew's.
Wes Thomas had put the home side in front in the 49th minute but the visitors fought back to claim a positive result and Jackett was delighted with the spirit shown by his players.
"I am pleased with a point," he said. "We've stretched the gap between ourselves and the relegation zone from four points to five points and that's a positive for us with another game down.
"I was pleased with our response after we went 1-0 down. We didn't fall away. I did wonder with the quality Birmingham have going forward whether they might counter and give us problems.
"Jermaine Easter and Martyn Woolford were positive when they came on. We had more support for Rob Hulse after that. It was a terrific goal by Taylor – he hit it hard.
"We are very pleased to have him back from injury. We've missed him and James Henry in our wide positions, there is no doubt about that, because they have been our most creative wingers."
Millwall had a goal disallowed in bizarre circumstances in the 18th minute when referee Keith Hill twice changed his mind about whether Richard Chaplow had scored from an offside position.
Jackett said: "We got a draw away from home with a referee that, frankly, didn't give us much. I have never seen a team of officials change their mind so many times in 30 seconds.
"I did think, in the end, it was the right decision. He was offside and he did touch the ball. While I wouldn't blame Richard, Chris' shot was going in and perhaps he should have left it."
Chaplow later hobbled off with an ankle injury and Jackett confirmed that the Southampton loanee has suspected ligament damage and will undergo a scan to determine the extent of the problem.