Sean Dyche declared himself “weirdly delighted” after Keith Treacy salvaged a point at Bournemouth for below-par Burnley.
Substitute Treacy was on target for the first time since August as the Clarets battled back from Tokelo Rantie’s header early in the second half.
And with many key players struggling on a pitch that was only declared fit following a morning inspection, Dyche admitted he was happy to earn a share of the spoils.
He said: “It’s a point well-earned because we were way below our best today.
“I must say the pitch had its part to play though; that’s arguably one of the worst pitches I’ve seen in the Championship.
“That’s through no fault of Bournemouth because the weather here has been interesting to say the least.
“They have tried to make it the best they could, but it affected the game massively, certainly on our behalf.
“But we have built an amazing mentality here and when we had five or six way below par, we’ve come away with a point and that is a really pleasing aspect about the group.
“We have a group that can carry us even on a bad day and it has certainly carried us today.
“There was no signs of us wilting or going under after they scored, so I come away weirdly delighted, not with the performance but with the outcome.
“You can’t play as well as we have done every single week and we have put together a run of very good performances over the last seven or eight games and got our rewards.
“That is one I am pleased about for different reasons.”
Dyche swung the contest back Burnley’s way with an inspired double substitution on the hour, introducing Treacy and fit-again Ross Wallace, who combined for the equaliser within six minutes.
And the gaffer insisted having individuals make an impact from the bench was another pleasing aspect on a day when precious little went right for his attack-minded players.
He added: “It was nice for Keith to get a goal and Ross to kind of set it up, with the aid of a deflection.
“But we encourage our wide players to get in to the back post areas and it was a great run and finish on that pitch.
“It was very difficult for the talented players we have out there today. I felt they played the conditions better. They were slightly more direct and used the ball wider to try and get in behind us.
“But like I say, it wasn’t about that.
“We were just off it today, so I’ll take that point because it’s a valuable one and seven points in a week is another big statement for what we are trying to achieve here.”