Marc Albrighton believes Villa showed great resilience to end a sequence of four straight defeats with the draw against Southampton.
With clear-cut chances few and far between in the Saints stalemate, Albrighton felt it was important the claret and blues kept their composure in the latter stages to seal a point.
And he reckons the result - which edged Paul Lambert's team closer to Barclays Premier League safety - could prove to be a vital one.
"I think in past weeks we've had games similar to that and we've let go of it and conceded," said Albrighton.
"With 15 minutes to go the main thing was to not lose the game and we achieved that.
"We worked our socks off and we came away with a point that could be absolutely vital.
"Before the game we were looking to win it but that wasn't to be and the main thing is we haven't gone and conceded late on and lost the game.
"We stuck together and battled hard for that point."
Albrighton was recalled to the starting XI and responded by producing a man-of-the-match performance.
And the 24-year-old relished his battle out wide with highly-rated full-back Luke Shaw.
"Luke Shaw is unbelievable," added the Tamworth-born winger.
"He is a great prospect for the future. He has got everything. He has a wand of a left foot, he is quick, strong, he goes forward and he has got a great future ahead of him.
"When the manager named the team I was over the moon and really looking forward to it. I'm just glad that we've gone and got that point."
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