MK Dons manager Karl Robinson admitted his team were fortunate to pick up a point after Dean Bowditch's brilliant stoppage-time equaliser forced a 2-2 draw at lowly Shrewsbury.

Bowditch set up Angelo Balanta for the Dons' opener on the stroke of half-time and then rescued the high-fliers with a dramatic late leveller when he smashed a controlled volley from the edge of the penalty area past goalkeeper Chris Weale.

Robinson admitted it was a tough ending for Shrewsbury, who had impressively turned the tables in the second half to forge a 2-1 lead through goals from Luke Rodgers, on loan from Portsmouth, and MK old boy Mark Wright, a fine curling effort which went in off the far post.

"I'm relieved as they deserved all three points," said Robinson. "I didn't think we deserved anything out of the game, but sometimes that's what you need, to turn results around and grab things out of the jaws of defeat.

"We had been steamrolled for 60 minutes of that game, but it's a point rather than nothing and we've moved up a place to third with that point. This is a difficult league, a remarkable league and a league that people should be coming out to watch.

"Clubs like Shrewsbury and ourselves, a lot of teams at this level, need attendances to be increased. There's just a total unpredictability at this level and I think that's the uniqueness of it."

While Robinson was relieved, Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner insisted he was bitterly disappointed at narrowly missing out on claiming a notable scalp.

"We should have taken all three points," said Turner. "We had a terrific second half and once again it's a case of we've dropped points when we shouldn't have done.

"I couldn't have asked for very much from the effort of the players. They worked tremendously hard against a good team and we always looked a threat on the break in the second half."

Turner, whose team are only above the relegation zone on goal difference, added: "It's an absolute travesty that we haven't taken all three points but the one consolation, the one bright spark, is that we played well."