Ben Watson felt Nottingham Forest defended very well at Preston as they earned a vital point against a play-off rival.
Preston are fighting to get into the top six but the draw means The Reds keep them at arm’s length with just three games to play.
Speaking after the game, Watson said: “It is a tough place to come, it is a team that put the ball in the right areas and put you under pressure with the second, third balls and set piece and throw ins.
“It is a good point and keeps them at arm’s length with three games to go.
“They hit the big man early and have runners off him so it is difficult but defensively we were solid so it is a good point.
“We defended those situations well and even at Derby we did, it was just the one we didn’t that we got punished.
“It has been a fantastic season, the best Forest have had for about 10 years so we have to enjoy it and see what happens.”
After facing Preston, The Reds have another game on Wednesday against a play-off hopeful in the shape of Swansea, a match that Watson knows can help get Forest over the line.
He said: “We are going into a period now against teams that if we are not winning then don’t lose. There are three games to go, we are six points clear of Swansea and five from Cardiff.
“We have put ourselves in a fantastic position and we have to finish the job.
“There is a belief in the changing groom among the players and staff that this can be a special season. We believe that we can achieve that and we have to do the business on Wednesday night now and take each game as it comes.”