Russia coach Fabio Capello praised his team for reacting quickly to the embarrassing setback they suffered in their 1-1 World Cup draw with South Korea.
The Russians had looked shaky at the back for some time during a Group H clash with South Korea and, in the 68th minute, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev flapped wildly at a speculative effort from Lee Keun-ho to concede the opener.
But Capello threw Alexandr Kerzhakov into the mix from the bench and was soon rewarded for making the switch as the Zenit St Petersburg striker forced a 1-1 draw in Cuiaba.
His equaliser arrived from a goalmouth scramble - only six minutes after Akinfeev's gaffe - and Italian tactician Capello was pleased his players had managed to stay focused on securing a positive result.
He told the BBC: "It was a good game, they ran a lot in the first half and then felt tired. You saw the goal they scored, it was not easy to react.
"But the players were really good and most important for me was the reaction. We also twice had a chance to score a second goal.
"I know Kerzhakov did well, he's a fantastic player. He always offers us a way to score goals."
Akinfeev took full responsibility for his gaffe, telling the Russian press: "I want to apologise.
"It was a ridiculous goal. Any normal person should apologise and blame themselves for this moment. The goalkeeper of the national team should not give away such goals. The coach and the players have supported me."
Capello, whose side takes on Belgium on Sunday at the Maracana, preferred to focus on the positives of Russia's performance.
"We played a solid match and I'm satisfied with our performance," he said. "My players reacted well after the opening goal and it was the best possible birthday present [Capello turned 68 on Wednesday] they could have given me.
"Even so, I'm a little disappointed because we could have won the game. We were very edgy at the start and we weren't able to play our usual football. We still created danger, without ever really managing to be at our best.
"The South Koreans did some good things as a team, especially in terms of possession, but we were able to keep them at a distance."