SHAUN Derry described Millwall's display against Brighton as "almost perfect" after the Lions were pegged back by Leonardo Ulloa's late equaliser.
The visitors led through Martyn Woolford's well-worked opener but the tide turned when Alan Dunne was sent off for two bookable offences.
And Ulloa punished the ten men with a tap in at the far post in the dying stages.
But Derry believes a point against the Seagulls would prove to be an "excellent result" if Millwall can pick up their first win of the season against Derby after the international break.
He said: "It was almost the perfect away performance, keeping them quiet the way we did and then hitting them on the break.
"We scored a great goal and I am pleased for Wooly because he really deserved it. He's had a good week and capped it off by getting on the scoresheet.
"Back-to-back away draws in the Championship is very good, especially given the way we bounced back against Sheffield Wednesday and then took the lead against Brighton.
"I thought we contained a very good side and could have held on and won it. Then we'd be saying what a great week we've had."
Derry felt that Dunne's first yellow card, for time wasting, was particularly harsh.
"It was backs against the wall when Alan got sent off," Derry said. "I thought it was a pretty poor decision – he can feel hard done by. He didn't seem to get a warning for the first one.
"We were trying to slow the game down but at the same time players need to be warned along the way. It was his first time and he got a yellow card.
"We defended like trojans to be honest and everyone put their bodies on the line. We couldn't hold on but I think this would turn into an excellent result if we can get a win at home in our next game."
Whether Derry will play against the Rams remains to be seen, with the veteran midfielder now due to return to parent club QPR after reaching the end of his one-month loan deal.
He said: "I don't know what's going to happen next, that's in other people's hands, but I've put my cards on the table and I'm hoping to play against Derby."