Mark Hughes admitted he was content with the point gained from Sunday's 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic after circumstances conspired against his Manchester City side.
Wigan, who had beaten Premier League leaders Chelsea in their last home game, took the lead through Charles N'Zogbia in first-half stoppage time.
Martin Petrov restored parity shortly after the interval before City had Pablo Zabaleta sent off and a late penalty shout turned down.
"Going down to ten men made things more difficult," said Hughes.
"We showed quality in getting men behind the ball and making sure we got something out of the game."
Hughes though refused to blame referee of the moment Alan Wiley for turning down what he felt was a clear penalty when Maynor Figueroa sent Shaun Wright-Phillips tumbling late in the game.
Wiley has been in the headlines since his fitness was questioned by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson before the recent international break.
"He was in an excellent position - he had kept up with play very well," said a smiling Hughes.
"He made a wrong call but his positioning was excellent. Well done Mr Wiley."