Everton manager David Moyes praised the new-look strikeforce of Andy Johnson and James Vaughan as his side secured a hard-fought point from a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.
Joleon Lescott gave the Toffees an early lead, but Villa improved after the break and grabbed a deserved equaliser in the closing stages when Gabriel Agbonlahor netted.
Moyes was particularly pleased with his side's display in the opening 45 minutes at Villa Park, saying: "Our first half was very good and the second half was a case of defending well and carrying a bit of luck.
"I actually thought we'd got through the worst of it and could have nicked a second goal but it wasn't to be. I think possibly in the end it was a fair result.
"Vaughan and Johnson were a handful all night.
"James started to tire near the end and we thought about making a change but we thought he had a goal in him. With a bit more composure at the right moments he might have got one."
Moyes also thought his side should have been awarded a penalty when Olof Mellberg fouled Johnson, adding: "It's another one for the collection isn't it?
"It was an old-fashioned centre-half's tackle from behind and, if it had happened on the halfway line it would have been a free-kick. I thought it was a stonewall penalty."