Coach Kevin Muscat was delighted with Melbourne Victory's commitment in their 1-1 draw with Guangzhou Evergrande in the Asian Champions League.
Jai Ingham cancelled out Huang Bowen's opener in the first half at AAMI Park as the home side collected their first point in Group F.
With the reigning A-League champions making eight changes from their 1-0 defeat at Adelaide United at the weekend, Muscat fielded an inexperienced team against the Chinese side.
Victory had conceded nine goals and scored just two across their first three games in the ACL this year. Four of them had come in the first meeting of the teams in Guangzhou two weeks earlier but this time they performed well to secure a point.
"I'm really pleased for the players that were out there obviously; they worked really hard, understanding the quality of the opponent," said Muscat.
"We changed things a little bit in the way we set up and we created enough chances to obviously get the goal and had some more opportunities as well so it was a pleasing night."
The coach was delighted with the way Victory stuck to their game plan against Guangzhou, who are second in the group two points behind Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
"We were very disciplined and understood how we were going to try and gain ascendancy and gain an advantage tonight and with a plan, if you haven't got a certain amount of desire and a maximum commitment, a plan is worth nothing so tonight, very pleasing," he added.
"There's a challenge to some of the boys that are going to have to back up on Saturday and there's a lot of players who, there'll be players who come into the team and the challenge is laid down to everybody now."
Melbourne Victory are 5/1 to win the A-League Grand Final and 7/4 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 11/8 with the draw 13/5.