Manager Paul Warne says his players haver restored the pride in the Rotherham United shirt by battling to only their second Championship away point of the season.
The relegated Millers drew 1-1 at Preston North End in the final way fixture of their campaign and have now won once and drawn twice in Warne’s five matches in permanent charge.
“A few games ago, I told the lads to use this as a mini-season, and I think their standards in all of those games has been excellent,” said Warne.
“I think there are green shoots for next season. The lads can take confidence from this.
“If they finish the season like that, at least the fans can see they are proud to wear the shirt. Everyone involved with Rotherham United should be proud of their team tonight.”
The Millers led after nine minutes when Richie Smallwood struck with a fine 20-yard half-volley before being pegged back just before the break by one-time Rotherham target Stevie May.
The draw ended a run of 14 straight away defeats. Their only other point on their travels had come at Ipswich Town in October.
“The lads stuck to the game-plan really well,” Warne added. “We defended resolutely to the last minute. Back to front, I thought we were great.
“We got on top with a great goal from Richie. Their goal was a wonder-strike and that is what it has taken to get past us.
“We were tight all over the pitch, so I am happy.”