Oxford boss Chris Wilder was full of praise for central defender Harry Worley after his late goal earned his injury-hit side a point in a 1-1 draw at Morecambe.
Worley was thrown up front with seven minutes to go and repaid his boss with a goal to cancel out Kevin Ellison's 78th-minute opener.
Wilder said: "I'm delighted for Harry because he has shown a great attitude after not being in the side for the last few weeks. We are short of numbers and he is always an option to go up front and we worked on his finishing at training on Friday and it paid off.
"In the end it was a good point for us and one I think everyone will say we deserved it.
"We came into this game with a positive attitude and always looked to be on the front foot. We certainly started the game the better and had a couple of decent chances but unfortunately didn't take them and the game was always going to be even."
Despite seeing his side extend their unbeaten home record to nine games, Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was left fuming by the Shrimps' failure to see the game out for the three points.
He said: "It was two points dropped, definitely, and I am massively disappointed.
"Three points would have given us a gap over Oxford which is important in this league as it is going to be a scrap for all the teams in the lower half of the table in the second part of the season.
"After a slow start we got into the game, got a good goal from a set play, but one lapse of concentration cost us dearly and it isn't the first time that has happened and it is costing us big style now.
"We have conceded far too many late goals from sloppy play this season and with the experience we have that shouldn't be happening. My first target this season is 50 points and we should have been two points nearer to that."