Western Force coach Michael Foley said his side's work rate was crucial in denying the Reds victory in Perth.
A heroic second-half defensive effort allowed the Force to hold the Reds to an 11-all draw at nib stadium on Saturday.
While the Western Australians skipped out to an 11-3 advantage early in the second half, it was the side's defence that rose to the challenge with the Force required to make double the tackles of their counterparts across the match.
"We were playing a side that scored three tries against the Brumbies - they're a very, very good attacking side and I thought the defence was the cornerstone of our performance," he said.
"Defence and the breakdown are the two things you measure character by and we were very strong in that area tonight."
Foley added that the performance augured well for the development of his young side.
"I thought that [performance] was outstanding character," he said.
"A lot of teams - through the disappointment of last week and having to travel back - wouldn't have bounced back as well as we did.
"This team keeps working, keeps doing what it's doing and reinforcing those things around character and what it means to play with each other and they're in a good position pushing forward over the next couple of years."
Meanwhile. Reds scrum-half Will Genia said his team needed to improve on capitalising on their opportunities.
"We need to get better at turning our possession into points. We built a lot of pressure for long periods of time but just found it hard to get over the line," he said.
"We had three or four days off to prepare for this game because we knew it would be a tough battle. So, we are a bit disappointed on that front. They came out and were very physical and enthusiastic and credit to them."