PAUL Robinson praised Millwall's mental strength after they bounced back from a disallowed goal and a sending off to claim a point at Reading.
The Lions fell behind to Sean Morrison's seventh-minute header before Danny Shittu had an equaliser chalked off for offside and Jimmy Abdou was shown a second yellow card.
But the ten-man visitors made it 1-1 in stoppage time when Liam Trotter converted from the penalty spot after a foul on Scott McDonald.
"It was thoroughly deserved," Robinson said. "We stuck at it and kept going, just as we did against QPR last week, and got out reward in the end.
"When you get a late draw in that style, it almost feels like a win. We showed a lot of energy and desire to get a result.
"When people talk about the top teams in this division, you put Reading right up there, so we are happy to come here, put in a good performance and get a point. We out-played them for long periods so it was probably our most pleasing performance of the season so far."
Robinson was full of praise for goalscorer Trotter, who swept his spot kick high into the roof of the net to leave 'keeper Adam Federici with no chance.
He said: "It was a great penalty. To put it in the top corner in the last minute was fantastic. Liam practises his penalties a lot and is very calm as well, so I am really pleased for him."
Despite being pleased with a point, the Lions were left to wonder what might have been had Shittu's close-range finish – from Robinson's flick on – been allowed to stand.
"I got a touch on the ball before Danny put it in, so I think there is a bit of debate as to who was offside," Robinson said. "Danny was very keen to quiz the referee about it!
"It would have been very interesting if that goal had stood and we'd kicked on at 1-1, so we're a bit frustrated. But these things go against you and we stayed mentally strong."
Shittu added: "I was so disappointed as I do not think it was offside. What the referee said did not make sense."