Macarthur coach Ante Milicic saluted a brave fightback against Western United on Tuesday night and says his players will take a lot of confidence from it.
Macarthur are out to win the A-League grand final and picked up what could turn out to be a very valuable point with a 2-2 draw against John Aloisi's side.
Macarthur had not played a game since Boxing Day and looked on course for defeat as they trailed Western United 2-0 with just 13 minutes left of normal time to play.
But a goal from Lachlan Rose and an own goal by Leo Lacroix levelled matters and Milicic says the comeback should give his players a lift.
"For the boys to get something out of the game I'm just super proud of them, but at the same time I think it gives the playing group a lot of confidence moving forward," Milicic told reporters after the game.
The game also allowed Socceroos ace Apostolos Giannou to make his debut and on another night the midfielder could have helped himself to a couple of goals.
Milicic says he will be disappointed not to score but should not beat himself up as getting minutes in the legs was the important thing.
"Probably he'll be his hardest critic, he had a couple of chances," Milicic added. "We would have all liked for him to get off the mark tonight and they were good chances.
"But the main thing for him is to get the match minutes in the legs and he hasn't played enough in the last two years."