Danny Fox said Nottingham Forest withstood the challenge posed by Burton Albion well as the ten men earned a point with a goalless draw yesterday.
The Reds had Eric Lichaj sent off early on in the contest but Fox was pleased with the way the side battled to a point.
Speaking after the game, he said: "We knew it would be tough from the start and going down to ten men has made it even more difficult. It is a small pitch and they play in a certain way but I thought we withstood the challenge very well.
"It is a clean sheet, it is much needed and we have a massive game at The City Ground on Tuesday night so we are preparing for that, hopefully we can kick on and put a string of results together to climb the table."
Fox felt the red card was a turning point in the game but credited his teammates for putting a shift in.
"I think we started the game well and the sending off was disappointing," he added. "I think the ref should have given a foul on Eric in the box about 20 seconds beforehand but I think the home crowd played a massive part in getting him sent off.
"It is disappointing but we dug in. Eric is one of the hardest working lads in the squad and he would have done the same had one of us been sent off, so I think it was a good point in the end."
The Reds now face Reading on Tuesday night at The City Ground and Fox is keen to build on the positive performance at the Pirelli Stadium.
He said: "We have got another game coming up on Tuesday and another big game against QPR next Saturday. They come thick and fast, you have to recover well but we go again.
"We have to start backing up good performances with another good performance and start kicking on and putting into practice what the gaffer has been working on."