Nigel Clough was happy enough with a point from Saturday's clash with Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium.
Bob Harris opened the scoring for the Blades, who started the game with Michael Higdon and Chris O'Grady up front with Jamie Murphy playing in a free role behind the strikers, only for the Cod Army to net a point early in the second-half through a Antoni Sarcevic header.
But the Blades boss, who also handed a debut to midfielder Kieran Wallace, was encouraged by what he saw from his side.
Reflecting on the 1-1 draw, Clough remarked: "It is a good point away from home, although it is always disappointing not to win the game when you have taken the lead.
"It was an even game though, even in the last 10-15 minutes both teams were positive and tried to win the game, with chances coming at both ends.
"We were pleased with the first-half performance, perhaps our formation surprised Fleetwood. It is the first chance we have had to get the two big lads together up front, with Jamie Murphy in behind and offensively it worked well.
"It is just a shame we had so many midfielders unavailable on the day, and with every formation there are pros and cons and the way we setup left us exposed down the flanks as we saw for their equaliser.
"We want to be a bit more positive, so we sacrificed the width and got the ball forward quicker at times. Against certain opposition it might work against others it won't, but at least it gives us another dimension."