Chippa United coach Clinton Larsen praised his side's never-say-die attitude as they claimed a point off Mamelodi Sundowns at Nelson Mandela Bay on Wednesday evening.
Lebohang Maboe scored for Sundowns in the 35th minute but Meshack Maphangule equalised in the 90th minute to give the Chilli Boys a share of the spoils.
"I don't think we were good in the first half," Larsen told Supersport TV.
"We did very well to do the first part which was get numbers behind the ball. But then we failed to put pressure on the ball which was the most disappointing.
"I thought in the second half there was one team in it. Our team didn't give up. That was very important. People say 2-0 is a dangerous scoreline, well so is 1-0 and i knew that if we get a chance we can bury it. I'm just happy the boys never gave up. We pushed right to the end. We took risks. Very happy with the performance, especially in the second half.
"I'm very pro-youth. I was itching to give young Maarman a chance. I'm so proud of Damons. He's a true professional. He works his socks off in training.
"We're in a results obsessed industry. Everything is about the results. We sometimes miss the finer details like the performance. We've got six new players in our team and this process of gelling takes time. We're only going to get better."