Walsall 2 Bradford City 2
Considering he had witnessed his team jettison a two-goal lead and drop deeper into the relegation zone, Kevan Broadhurst was in remarkably sanguine mood after their draw with Bradford.
While it was far better than his debut home fixture as manager, which saw them crash and burn against Yeovil, he must have been hurting in the pit of his stomach.
The Saddlers were without the fulcrum of their midfield and player No 48 for the season, Steve Claridge was prevented from playing by his parent club Bradford.
Yet despite this hindrance, Walsall appeared to be untroubled and coasting to victory after a two-goal salvo inside 37 minutes.
But four minutes of madness unstitched all their good work. And therein lies the problem for Walsall.
They possess spirit and application in abundance and delivered some aesthetically pleasing football to match all their sweat and toil.
However, the biggest concern is that, after creating a plethora of scoring chances and bossing large chunks of the game, Walsall didn't win.
Broadhurst warned his loan players on Thursday that he expected a marked improvement otherwise at least two would be left kicking their heels every week.
Michael Leary, Mads Timm and Kevin James were feeling the squeeze prior to this fixture with Claridge, Pablo Mills and Grant Smith all likely to figure when available.
That leaves the aforementioned trio and Scott Fitzgerald disputing the remaining two shirts.
Each player made his own mark, but it remains to be seen if it will sway Broadhurst's thoughts.
Timm enhanced his claims with a performance full of sublime movement allied to an impressive touch. He dovetailed nicely with Devlin and there is reason to believe Timm could still have a part to play in Walsall's relegation struggle.
Leary threw off the shackles and arrowed a 20-yard drive against the angle. James reacted swiftly to stoop and head into an unguarded net to give the Saddlers a perfect start.
When Westwood glanced home Keates' corner nine minutes before the break the albatross appeared to have been removed from Walsall's neck, but Mark Bower's stoppage time header punctured the balloon of optimism permeating the Bescot.
Rene Gilmartin's ill-judged punch led to David Wetherall restoring parity with an over-head kick, but the young goal-keeper redeemed himself with a fine injury time save to deny Joe Colbeck.
But Walsall should have been out of sight by then as they engineered a strangle-hold on proceedings, but lacked the killer touch.
Fitzgerald's tame shot when set free may signal the end of his Walsall career and Broadhurst will be concerned by the form of Ian Roper who looked off the pace.
There are plenty of reasons to be cheerful for Broadhurst and the ubiquitous performances of Keates and Timm are amongst them.
His work ethic allied to good football is slowly taking shape, but his team still have kamikaze tendencies.
Whether he can work the oracle so that Walsall survive remains to be seen, but there is no lack of endeavour.
Nevertheless, they will be hoping a 39-year-old former manager of Weymouth can keep them afloat. Step forward Steve Claridge - Walsall needs you.