Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson admitted his side would probably have lost their 1-1 draw at Walsall a couple of months ago but felt they could still improve in the final third.
Jon Macken had given relegation-threatened Walsall a flying start with a 10th-minute goal but Neil Mellor equalised after 26 minutes with his 18th of the season.
Megson said: "I thought we had the majority of possession and had opportunities to work their goalkeeper more than we did. We did that from distance but wasted some good opportunities to get in a quality ball in the final third, too often we didn't miss the first man in the defence.
"Everybody in the ground could see their goal coming but we had been talking about starting on the front foot and making sure we played in their third of the field, but they did it to us at the start and we didn't get out for about 10 minutes.
"Walsall forced four corners and had the momentum and scored a soft goal and they had one or two other efforts more down to our poor defending than good attacking."
Megson also praised the performance of left-back Lewis Buxton, whose fierce drive led to Wednesday's equaliser. The Owls boss adding: "He was excellent. He can run all day and he's good in the air and has decent ability."