Roberto Martinez said there were “many good individual performances” from his Everton players in their 1-1 draw at Watford.
Everton ended a three-game losing streak in the Premier League with the point at Vicarage Road, though they dropped two places to 14th in the table.
James McCarthy briefly put the Toffees ahead in stoppage time, but Jose Holebas scored almost immediately after as Watford ended their only four-game losing streak in the league.
Martinez was unhappy with the manner of the goal Everton conceded but happy overall with the result and performance of his side.
“We had to work really hard for it,” Martinez told BBC Sport. “It was a good game, two teams with a lot of energy playing on the front foot. Watford were at their very best today.
“It’s a disappointment to concede from a dead ball situation so close to half time and because of the nature of the goal, the deflection.
“There was another 45 minutes to play from then.
“We never allowed Watford to regain momentum. We were strong in the second half again and the amount of chances we created, we showed a little bit of rustiness from the last few games. Another day we would have scored the winning goal.
“We were able to penetrate into a Watford team who don’t give you many opportunities at home.
“We had many good individual performances, Gareth Barry gave us a real fluency. At the back we dealt with the front two of Watford really well and we had a good focus.”