Michael Appleton was impressed with the character of his Lincoln side as they responded positively to trailing at the break to draw 1-1 at Shrewsbury.
Ollie Norburn fired the hosts ahead from the penalty spot, but Lincoln equalised three minutes after the restart, also from a spot-kick, as top scorer Tyler Walker kept his cool to score.
Shrewsbury goalkeeper Max O’Leary, on loan from Bristol City, then saved well from Jorge Grant and Neal Eardley while Jason Shackell hit the crossbar for the Imps as the points were shared.
Lincoln manager Appleton said: “I thought the first 30 minutes or so we were well in control, looked the most threatening and moved the ball quite well.
“Then Shrewsbury had a couple of corners, a couple of wide free-kicks, put us under a bit of pressure, a little bit of momentum, obviously they scored the goal.
“It would have been very, very easy for the players to cave in and they didn’t.
“I couldn’t wait to get to half-time if I’m being honest, just to get them inside and calm them down and give them a little bit of release.
“But I thought the performance in the second half was excellent. The keeper has made two or three outstanding saves, we’ve hit the bar a couple of times. Obviously we’ve scored the penalty.
“We looked threatening at times so yes, I’m reasonably pleased.”
Shrewsbury took the lead in the 36th minute when skipper Norburn converted from the spot after debutant Conor Coventry’s challenge on Ethan Ebanks-Landell.
But Lincoln were back on level terms in the 48th minute as referee Andy Haines pointed to the spot for the second time following Omar Beckles’ challenge on Grant, with Walker equalising.
Shrewsbury remain 15th, a place and two points above Lincoln.
It was the second time the teams have shared the points this season following a goalless draw in October.
Shrewsbury manager Sam Ricketts said: “I asked the players before the game to play with their heart and to give everything they’ve got and at the end of the game I can’t ask any more.
“They really gave everything they had for the performance today in what were really difficult conditions.
“It was really windy, the pitch didn’t allow for really slick passing, so that made it hard.
“But I thought the players’ attitude and effort were excellent.
“After going 1-0 up it’s disappointing to give a penalty away like we did to allow them back into the game.
“I thought we gave every ounce of energy we could. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the three points.”