Brian McDermott admitted it was vital Reading snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat on their Barclays Premier League return against Stoke today.
The Royals looked destined for a 1-0 loss at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon before Adam Le Fondre's last-minute penalty rescued a point.
With trips to Chelsea and Sunderland next up before the international break, McDermott was delighted to avoid the prospect of going into the next home game in a month's time yet to get off the mark.
"It's a strange thing to say but, psychologically, it's important that we got that result today," he said.
"We know we can compete. We've done that today - there's no doubt about that.
"So it's important to get a result and we have got a result today."
McDermott added that the team deserved the point in his post match press conference. Click below to watch it.