Edwin van der Sar left Sunderland bemoaning more dropped points having spared Manchester United further pain.
The 39-year-old Dutchman and his team-mates survived a burst sewage pipe in the their dressing room and a first-half onslaught on the pitch to head away from the Stadium of Light with a draw, their fourth in succession away from home in the Barclays Premier League.
But for the efforts of van der Sar and skipper Nemanja Vidic, the 0-0 scoreline might have been very different as Steve Bruce threatened to finally secure a first victory as a manager over his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Van der Sar said: "We were happy to go in at half-time with a 0-0. In the last 15 minutes we had one or two chances, but not enough to get the winner. I don't think we put enough in our offensive game to really claim the three points. I don't think the service was sufficient to get the goal in the end.
"We can be happy that we had a clean sheet, the second in a row after Valencia on Wednesday, but I think it was two dropped points today, because we dropped too many already in away games.
"We were disappointed with a draw at Bolton, we got a nice win in Valencia which sets us well for the Champions League and of course today, you are looking for a win to close the gap a little bit."