Neil Aspin said he got the reaction he was looking for as FC Halifax Town earned a 1-1 draw at Guiseley.
Town lost the first of their two consecutive West Yorkshire derbies against Bradford Park Avenue on Monday, but recovered with a battling display at Nethermoor.
The Town boss was proud of his players’ performance against their promotion rivals and said his side deserved to win the game.
He said: “A point away at Guiseley isn’t a bad result but the main thing is that I asked for a reaction after Monday and I got the right response, and that’s very pleasing.
“I felt we were the better team, especially in the second-half, we controlled the game, our passing was good and we played at a good tempo.
“We did all the things you want, I did wonder if we were going to score but we did enough to win the game.
“Guiseley are used to winning matches and it’s a difficult place to come but I’m proud of the players, they performed well, worked exceptionally hard and as long as they continue to do that, then I’m happy.”
Town feel behind after only nine minutes when former Shayman Mark Bower headed the hosts in front.
But a rasping drive from Dan Gardner pulled the visitors level after half-time, and Aspin said the goal capped an improved performance from his midfielder.
He said: “It wasn’t a great start tonight and it put us on the back foot, but to be fair to the players, they weathered the storm and started getting back into the game.
“It was a difficult fixture in a difficult week of fixtures but it’s a good point for us.
“I thought Danny Lowe had an excellent game but he should have scored and we had the other shot which hit the woodwork which was unfortunate, but we played some nice football in the second-half and it’s a good goal for us to score.
“Dan had a particularly bad game against Bradford and I wasn’t happy with him but he’s responded in the right manner.
“That’s credit to Dan, he’s listened to what I’ve said and responded. If you’ve got ability, you’ve got to back it up with hard work and if he can do that, there’s no question he can play at a higher level.”