Costel Pantilimon was pleased to have kept a clean sheet as Nottingham Forest drew with Preston and feels there is plenty to build on.
The Reds had the better of the game against North End at Deepdale, with Pantilimon also called into action to make a couple of fine stops, but neither side could find the breakthrough.
Speaking after the game, he said: "I tried to be focused every single minute because you never know what can happen in the game. I am happy because I was able to help the team and a clean sheet is very important for the confidence.
"We are proud of the hard work and that was an important thing. We tried to keep our heads up, to keep working and to hope we can get into the play-offs and see what the future will be."
Pantilimon felt that Forest deserved all three points overall yesterday afternoon and is now looking to carry on building some momentum ahead of the East Midlands derby next week.
He said: "I think we could have taken all three points but in the end it was hard work as the pitch wasn't the greatest.
"It is important that we didn't lose these two away games and we can now look forward to the Derby game.
"We are approaching the games in a different way with the new manager and his different ideas and we are all trying to adapt as quickly as possible. I think we are getting there and after a few games we are understanding what the manager wants and we are starting to improve."