ELGIN City boss Barry Wilson praised his team for a solid reaction to a nightmare start as they drew 3-3 at Annan on Saturday.
After a gruelling journey south, City made the worst possible start when a slip led to an Annan goal just 33 seconds after kick off.
But new signing Marvin Andrews quickly levelled, and Elgin led 3-2 at one point before having to settle for a share of the spoils.
Manager Wilson said: “I hasn’t even sat down and we were 1-0 down. It was even from our own kick off so that’s disappointing.
“Archie (Macphee) took a touch and slipped on what I thought was a really poor astroturf surface and their boy went in and scored.
“After a five hour journey that’s not what you are looking for, but the boys reacted well.”
Josh Todd’s opener was cancelled out on five minutes when Andrews powered home a header from a Daniel Moore corner, his second goal in four games for the club.
A tight angle strike by Kenny Mackay restored Annan’s elad at the break, but Wilson said his men came out battling in the second half and deservedly grabbed the lead.
Craig Gunn scored his third of the season from the spot after Brian Cameron was fouled on 53 minutes.
And Macphee netted his first goal since his return to Elgin to edge them in front on 73 minutes.
However Elgin’s hopes of taking all three points up the road were scorned by a deflected strike by sub Derek Carcary to level things up.
“It was end-to-end stuff, that’s for sure,” Wilson said. “Probably over the piece a draw was about right.
“We did have some great chances. Daniel hit the post, Gunny hit the post, Archie had one cleared off the line and their keeper made a fantastic save from Soapy (Cameron).
“But Ikey (Elgin keeper Mike Fraser) had a couple of saves as well.”
Elgin moved up into fourth spot with their draw, and are on the road again for their next match at Queen’s Park in a fortnight’s time.