Exeter manager Paul Tisdale was happy with a point after watching his side held to a 0-0 draw by Aldershot at St James Park.
The result did little for the Grecians in their quest for promotion as they slipped down to seventh place in the table, with the result their first goalless stalemate in 49 games.
But the City chief had no qualms with the effort of his players, who played into a blinding sun in the first half and on an absolute bog of a pitch.
"It was a very difficult game and I think the players did really well," Tisdale said.
"It just didn't happen for us and it makes a nonsense of the comments we had on Monday night (when Exeter lost 1-0 to Torquay and played a 4-6-0 formation) about not playing with an out-and-out striker when we had three times the shots on goal on Monday night.
"The conditions were incredibly difficult and we played against 11 very tough players. We played against a ridiculous sun in that first half and (captain) Danny Coles needs to win a toss sooner or later!
"We played against the referee and we played against a lot of supporters that do not believe in the side. When you put those things together, it makes things incredibly difficult.
"I said to the players at half-time that I was really pleased with them because they stood up and they weren't pushed around. They defended the box extremely well again - that is one goal we have conceded in open play this year now - and we had a couple of shots at goal, which was a fraction of the shots we had on Monday."
Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth was equally as pleased with the point for his side, which sees them climb out of the bottom two, and he praised his players for their work ethic.
"I think it was a fantastic point which we would have taken beforehand," Holdsworth said. "If Asa Hall's header goes in and we made our first-half pressure count that would have been the icing on top of it. I thought it was a very good point from the lads and they did really well - this is a tough place to come."