MILLWALL manager Ian Holloway believed his side were unfortunate not to take all three points against Sheffield Wednesday.
The Lions came from behind to snatch a draw thanks to DJ Campbell's equaliser at The Den on Tuesday night, but Holloway felt the home side would have been worthy winners.
"In a boxing match, you know if the other bloke was a bit better than you – and Wednesday damn well know that tonight," Holloway said.
"We need points but for me that is a moral victory. I believe this team would have failed a couple of weeks ago with a lack of spirit – we'd have gone two or three goals behind.
"My players are raging in the dressing room because they thought they deserved to win. I felt we were the better team, and the longer the game went on, the better we got.
"I was excited by our recovery and I thought we were going to win it."
Holloway admitted it took Millwall a while to adjust to Wednesday's 3-5-2 formation.
"Wednesday played a different shape – we weren't expecting them to do that because they haven't played that way in their last four or five games," he said.
"I tried to change our system during the game. I wanted to go with Bailey, Woolford and Trotter pushing on, but we needed to have two midfielders dropping back.
"They had a bloke sitting off Bailey who made it almost impossible for us to do the passing that we've been working on.
"I kept trying to tell our players to get two midfielders back and leave one in the pocket, because that way their player couldn't close down both of them at the same time.
"In the second half, we did do that and we were much better."
With the score at 1-0, the Lions had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down when sub Campbell was barged over inside the area.
"You [the referee] can't get it that wrong," Holloway said. "I thought that was a penalty . It was a push – it was unbelievable.
"Then the referee tried to be really brave.
"It was as if he thought, 'I'm going to be so strong because I'm at Millwall, and I'm not going to show weakness,' and then we didn't get a decision after that.
"There was a blatant handball by the goalkeeper in stoppage time as well."
But the real talking point of the evening was official Lee Probert's decision to send off Shane Lowry and Owls goalscorer Giles Coke after a mass brawl.
"I've got to make sure we stay calm," Holloway said. "They should have had a bloke sent off, and we shouldn't have retaliated. It doesn't make you brave getting sent off as well.
"If you get kicked, you go down on the floor and lie there. How professional were they? If you look at Miguel Llera in the first half, I'm sure he hasn't got any bruises on his leg.
"He was rolling around on the floor and I thought he was dead at first – then he gets up and takes the free kick! Call it what you like, it's professionalism as well.
"By the letter of the law both players had to be sent off."