"We came to a shuddering halt against Scunthorpe (losing 4-0) but we've put ourselves back in a good position and the boys can be very proud.
"City put us under a lot of pressure late on it was a real barrage but we stood firm."
Opposite number Gary Johnson felt his side deserved at least a point, saying: "I felt we may we have had at least one penalty and I'm disappointed not to come away with at least a draw.
"We gave it a little go at the end but didn't create too many first-class chances but neither did they.
"But we will both be up there when we meet again in March."