Derby boss Nigel Clough admitted his side gifted Barnsley a point in the 1-1 draw at Oakwell.
Dean Leacock fired Derby ahead with his first-ever goal but some sloppy defending allowed Adam Hammill to put Barnsley level.
The point lifted the Rams out of the bottom three but Clough was not satisfied with his team's performance.
He explained: "We were guilty of bad decision making.
"We've got a point instead of three. We didn't look like a side in the bottom three.
"I thought we started well and just tried to be as positive as we can."