Ronnie McFall believes there is plenty more to come from Portadown in the weeks and months ahead.
The Ports sit second in the table after after an encouraging start to the new season.
On Saturday McFall’s side bolstered their credentials with a spirited 2-2 draw at Seaview against Crusaders.
Two goals from Gary Twigg cancelled out Eamon McAllister’s opener for the Crues, only for Declan Caddell to salvage a point for the home side seven minutes from time.
“It is never an easy place to come to and get a result,” McFall said.
“They passed the ball around really well and then we came into the game.
“We showed great resilience and character, but we are disappointed we conceded late on to lose out on the victory.
“We are disappointed we didn’t win, but we are also pleased with a point from Seaview.”
McAllister broke the deadlock with a clinical finish in the 27th minute.
It came after Chris Morrow had rattled the post with a long-range effort.
Portadown were level on 38 minutes with Twigg picking up Darren Murray’s flick-on before dispatching a low drive past Sean O’Neill.
Crusaders striker Timmy Adamson had chances to reclaim the lead before Twigg struck again for the visitors in the 77th minute – the striker showing great composure again to slot past O’Neill.
But with seven minutes remaining Caddell got on the end of Paul Heatley’s low cross to snatch a point for the Crues.
The result leaves Portadown second in the table, two points behind new leaders Glenavon.
“We are pleased with where are, especially considering the injury problems we have had,” McFall added.
“We have Tim Mouncey and Sean Mackle on the bench today and they are not 100 per cent fit yet.
“There is more to come. We have Keith O’Hara, Mouncey and Mackle to come back in, and we have lads like Henry McStay who is still finding his feet.
“We are a different outfit this year. We have leadership now and plenty of spirit.”
Crusaders assistant manager Jeff Spiers said his side would take the positives from Saturday’s draw.
“It was two good teams going hammer and tongs, and both have quality – I think that showed,” he said.
“We played some great football today so it was frustrating, but we have come from behind to claim a point so we have to take that as a positive.
“We showed resilience in coming from a goal down so we kept fighting to the end.”