Chesterfield moved a point closer to what they will hope will be Sky Bet League One safety after an upturn in performance after the break to gain a draw at Scunthorpe.
Spireites stopper, Tommy Lee, was under no illusions about the side's first half showing, but felt that the turnaround in the second period was closer to how the squad should be performing.
"We didn't start well," he said. "That's probably the worst we've played since the new gaffer's come in. We were told at half time, and rightly so because we were all well off the mark.
"In the second half the proof was in the pudding, we were the better team, and maybe could have won it at the end.
"The fans could see in the second half that we had plenty of spirit, maybe could have had a penalty when Jay O'Shea went down, then Jamal (Campbell-Ryce) came on, his first touch and it's in the back of the net."
In the closing minutes, Lee had to be at his best to keep out a point-blank shot from Iron striker Kyle Wootton, and the 'keeper talked through his thought processes when he was called into action.
"Well, maybe that's one I got away with. The lad's struck the ball quite well, it's moving and you have a split-second decision to make: do you catch it or do you parry it?
"I got my fists on it to parry it further away and luckily enough it's bounced down and I've been able to smother it."
The result means Chesterfield are five points clear of the drop zone, but with an Easter double header to come this weekend with crucial matches against two fellow battlers Fleetwood and Oldham, Lee knows things could change very quickly.
"We'll know how important this point is at the end of the season," he explained. "If we had drawn five more games that we should have already then we'd be in a much healthier position.
"We haven't done that, we've lost too many, so this one could be important."