Bournemouth 0 Walsall 0
Paul Merson saw ten-man Walsall hold out for a brave point and then said: "This is the best result since I have been here."
Defender Julian Bennett was sent off for a tackle from behind on striker Dani Rodrigues, leaving the Saddlers to play out the final 48 minutes a man down.
Merson's side held out to bounce back from Saturday's 5-2 drubbing at home to Swansea.
Merson said: "I am so proud of my players. After what happened on Saturday and having a man sent off, to play like that shows how much the lads are behind the manager and the team.
"They all gave 100 per cent and that's all I ask. To battle back like that is phenomenal."
Merson made his first league start since April in one of four changes from the Saddlers' side that slumped to their first defeat of the season.
Midfielders Simon Osborn and Michael Standing also returned, with Mark Wright, Paul Smith and Darren Wrack making way.
Walsall were deal a blow when Steve Staunton was forced to withdraw from the team after injuring a calf in the warm-up, leaving Anthony Gerrard to step in.
Merson almost to capped his return with a goal when his 25-yard curler flew narrowly wide in the 13th minute.
Top-scorer Matty Fryatt came close again 12 minutes later, striking the side netting after racing on to Andy Oakes' long clearance.
The Saddlers had Oakes to thank for keeping them on level terms ten minutes before the interval when he produced a superb double save to deny James Hayter. Chris Westwood's poor back pass let Hayter in but Oakes blocked an initial shot and reacted brilliantly to beat away the rebound.
Bennett clattered Rodrigues from behind seven minutes before the break, leaving referee Lee Probert with no option but to produce a red card.
Oakes was called into action once more within nine minutes of the re-start.
Former Walsall loanee Andrew Surman played through Rodrigues who forced an excellent oneonone save from Oakes. And he capped his man-ofthe-match display by tipping Shaun Cooper's 25-yard strike over the bar three minutes from time.