Derby County were given a double boost on Tuesday after the 0-0 draw with Preston left the club with their longest unbeaten run of the season and saw the return of striker Chris Porter.
Manager Nigel Clough was clearly pleased with the effort shown in the match, telling BBC Radio Derby: "An awful lot of effort's gone into it, and it's more like we're going to be playing for the next five months."
Meanwhile Porter was understandably buoyed by making his first appearance for the club since March. Since then the 26-year-old has had surgery and a long rehabilitation but he hopes to quickly prove himself to Clough.
"It has been a long time so it was great to get out there at last," Porter told the official club website, adding: "I'm back ahead of schedule as well, which is a massive plus point for me.
"I need games now to get back up to speed, so the reserve game will do me good," the former Motherwell forward said in anticipation of Wednesday's reserve match against Alfreton Town.