Paul Lambert hailed the effort and application of his team as they ground out a 1-1 draw with Swansea.
Gabby Agbonlahor opened the scoring for the hosts early on but Roland Lamah equalised for the visitors just before the break.
Lambert was happy with the point because it put a stop to a bad run of four defeats on the trot.
He said: "It's a game where you'd love to win, no two ways about it.
"But a point stops that sequence of losing. It was vital for us.
"Swansea are a good side. They pass the ball really well. But Brad Guzan hasn't had many saves to make at all.
"They came here and played nice football. But I was happy with the effort and commitment of the lads. I couldn't fault them for that.
"I have seen my team play really well in some games and come away with nothing, really well and you look at it afterwards and think 'we did really well in that.'
"Sometimes you have to fight tooth and nail to get something. They certainly did that. Their commitment was really pleasing."
Lambert admitted he's keeping an eye on the long-term vision for the club aswell as the short-term need to get results to push Villa into a healthy position in the Barclays Premier League.
He is confident of developing this group of players aswell as making a dart up the table when the likes of Christian Benteke, Ron Vlaar and Jores Okore return.
He added: "We are missing big players. It's a lot for us to carry with a young squad.
"When you lose Benteke, Vlaar and Okore, it's a big chunk from the spine of your team.
"We have only been here 18 months or so. I knew the first few years would be really, really tough.
"We're a million miles away from where I want to be. But I am building something, developing it and making it go in the right direction.
"The table is really tight. It's a big point for us here today.
"We're on 20 points - we're halfway there. If we can get one or two back, it will make us stronger too."
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