Tony Pulis felt Stoke City picked up a 'hard-earned point' at Sunderland and remains hopeful of a top-10 finish in the Premier League this season.
Jon Walters' early goal gave Stoke the perfect start at the Stadium of Light and their task appeared to be boosted when Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner was sent off for a challenge on Charlie Adam on 34 minutes.
However, Sunderland improved after the break and equalised through John O'Shea on 63 minutes before seeing Danny Rose strike the outside of the post late on.
Pulis told Sky Sports: "It was a hard-earned point and we knew it was going to be.
"When the sending off happened, we had a couple of players booked and coming in at half-time, they were a bit nervous as anything could have seen them leave the pitch.
"I've got to give Sunderland a lot of credit, they showed a lot of spirit and togetherness, so I'm pleased we got the point.
"It takes us to 41 points. There are lots of clubs...