Paul Tisdale felt Exeter deserved three points from their 2-2 draw with Fleetwood, but felt they showed the visitors too much respect.
After falling behind to Steve McNulty's header, Jamie Cureton equalised for the Grecians with a wonderful first-time effort from 20 yards but Barry Nicholson put Fleetwood back in front just before half-time.
John O'Flynn salvaged a deserved point for City from the penalty spot but, despite their second half dominance, Exeter could not find a winning goal.
"I am happy with the way it finished and I was thinking we could score a third, but it was a pulsating game," Tisdale said. "We played a different type of game to what we are used to but overall I am quite pleased.
"We were too respectful in the first half. I don't know what it was and you can mix it up and spin it how you like, but I told the players at half-time they were too respectful.
"We played with more freedom and movement in the second half and I wanted them to play with a lot more energy and without worrying about playing the wrong pass.