Chris Wilder was visibly upbeat and positive following the Good Friday draw at Brentford.
United looked to be on course for three valuable points after Chris Basham's goal, only for Chris Mepham to equalise for the hosts against the run of play with 22 minutes remaining.
But speaking afterwards, Wilder praised his players and was sure his side deserved to take the spoils after producing an excellent performance at Griffin Park.
He reflected: "This is another instance of how far we've come, Brentford have absolutely murdered some proper sides at home and should have beaten the likes of Cardiff and Middlesbrough here recently.
"I'm proud of the performance and the organisation of the group. We wanted to get round the back of Woods who has been influential for them and who is an outstanding player and he didn't get on the ball at all.
"When we broke it up we played and created the best chances and the players and I guess the 1,500 plus travelling supporters are scratching their heads wondering how we haven't won the game, especially second-half."
The boss added: "We've had six or seven proper chances, that's a little criticism from me, you have to take those at Championship level.
"But at business end of the season, with both sides needing a result, to produce a performance like that sets us up nicely, it was one of the best performances in my time in charge."