Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg claims it would have been a travesty if his side had not come out of the Battle of Boxing Day at Stamford Bridge without at least a share of the spoils.
And the Swedish international claims he was not at all surprised by Villa's 4-4 draw with Chelsea in what is being billed as the game of the season so far, insisting Martin O'Neill's men were simply "more up for it".
Villa twice fought back from behind to finally draw level with Chelsea after having squandered a two-goal lead.
Villa lost the upper hand when defender Zat Knight was red-carded but Chelsea then had Ricardo Carvalho and Ashley Cole sent off.
Mellberg said: "I thought we were the better team before even the first goal from Shaun Maloney.
"I think we were a little bit more 'up for it' at the start, though we were perhaps a bit guilty of standing off once we were 2-0 up.
"But then we came back into it and the second half could have gone either way really. I think we perhaps deserved all three points and I am pleased that we did at least come away at the end with something."
Mellberg, who is continuing to flourish in the right-back role O'Neill has nominated him for this season, turned in another solid display himself to help Villa's fight back after Chelsea had twice cancelled out Maloney's efforts.
"Shaun looked really comfortable. I think he likes playing off John (Carew) and he has got a great touch," Mellberg said. "Even though the keeper made a mistake with the second goal, Shaun deserves praise because he did well before that to create it."
Mellberg was also full of praise for skipper Gareth Barry who kept his cool to slot home a last-gasp penalty equaliser.
The right back said: "Gareth was under pressure for the penalty at the end and it would have been a shame to come away from that game without anything after a performance like that and after all the incidents that happened.
"Gareth has scored some good penalties over the last couple of seasons and it was great to see him celebrate with the fans at the end because once again they were fantastic - it must have been a fantastic game for them."
Mellberg now hopes Villa can repeat the fighting spirit they showed against Avram Grant's men as they prepare to face Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium tomorrow.
"I think Villa have done well overall against Chelsea - that is a draw now and we beat them 2-0 earlier this season," Mellberg said.
"They are really the only top-four side we have managed to get results against and I think we felt that at the beginning of the game. We knew we had beaten them before and that gave us confidence."
And with the news that Villa have officially appealed against Knight's debatable red card for an apparent trip on Michael Ballack, Mellberg felt referee Phil Dowd's decision to dismiss the centre half was harsh. If Villa's appeal fails, Knight will incur a three-match ban.
Mellberg said: "I thought the sending-off was harsh and the penalty too. There were a lot of players in the area at the time surrounding him so it was a very harsh decision. That was the general consensus among us but at least we managed to get back into it."
Aston Villa supporters among the 5,000-plus who have snapped up tickets to see their side's reunion with former Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce at Wigan Athletic tomorrow are being urged not to think the game will be a walkover.
Compared to the last outing against high-flying Chelsea, a contest against relegation-battling Wigan will be a different proposition.
But Villa defender Martin Laursen said: "People might say Wigan is easier because it is not Chelsea, it is not Manchester United, but to travel away against a team that needs points to survive is never easy.
"It will be good to play against a side managed by Steve Bruce again.
"Now we need a win after two draws. We haven't won for some time and it would be nice to get something from this next game."
The defender is still trying to get over Boxing Day's thrilling 4-4 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in which he scored Villa's vital third goal.
Laursen said: "It was an incredible game and when they came back to lead 3-2 I thought we were going to lose."
Replaying his own contribution and the third goal, he said: "I just took a chance and ran towards the ball. I was hoping Ashley (Young) would find me. He usually puts some great deliveries in the box and he did and I took my chance.
"We have scored four goals at Stamford Bridge and not many teams can say that so we can take that as a bit of a compliment.
"The spirit was good again. Now it is vital we get a win tomorrow."