RONNIE Moore was pleased to pick up a point away at Tranmere Rovers but said his side should have had all three.
His Hartlepool United carved out the best chances and had several attempts to win the relegation clash at Prenton Park.
But he had to settle for a 1-1 draw and a point which leaves Pools nine points adrift of safety.
Micky Adams’s side took the lead through Kayode Odejayi in the 12th minute lead but Scott Fenwick equalised two minutes later.
“It was a good show – we should have won,” said Moore on his return to Prenton Park.
“It’s great to come back here, we were outstanding first-half, but gave away another soft goal.
“After that we bossed it.
“We had worked hard in training on our shape and it came off.
“The players have set the standards now, no falling back to what they have been.”
Pools were backed by more than 400 fans and Moore praised the travelling support for their efforts, with the away end in fine voice all match.
He added: “Our fans will go home happy but disappointed we didn’t win the game.
“We showed pride, effort, determination and commitment.
“There’s bit to work on but we are working in the right direction.”
Goalscorer Fenwick was subbed early in the second-half with an arm injury but Moore hopes it isn’t as serious as first feared.
He added: “Scotty just felt it but he didn’t think it came out.
“Buster thought it was alright but he will have an x-ray on Monday to make sure as a precaution.”