Mayo's Cillian O'Connor said his side did not take enough of their chances in their All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin.
Speaking after the game, which finished Dublin 2-12 Mayo 1-15, O'Connor said: "We didn't play particularly well in the second half, but the boys were never going to give up and we hung in there right to the end."
O'Connor kicked 1-09 for Mayo, all from placed balls, and said the high free count for Mayo was "just the way the game went."
"We were pulled down there a couple of times going through. They had a lot of bodies back, a couple of sweepers. It was always going to be difficult, space was going to be at a premium."
Mayo were trailing by four points late in the game before O'Connor, who was lethal from placed balls all day, converted a controversial penalty, which came about after a good team move.
"We worked it the length of the field and Boyler (Colm Boyle) won it. My job is just to take it."
O'Connor did not play down the significance of the penalty after the game, saying: "We needed it, we got it."
He also expressed confidence ahead of the replay: "We think there's more in us and we'll bring it next week."
Asked about the quick turn around ahead of next Saturday's replay in Croke Park, O'Connor was nonplussed.
He said Mayo will "follow the process - get the recovery sessions in, get the food in, get back training", adding he is "looking forward to it already."
Mayo's joint-manager Pat Holmes expressed relief after the game.
Speaking to RTÉ, he said: "There were a lot of highs and lows in that game. For a long time it looked like we had missed the boat but in fairness to the lads they kept plugging away, kept doing the right things and got the equaliser in the end.
"It looked like game over for anybody who doesn't know this group of players, but we know this group of players, we have worked closely with them for the last six months, and we knew that there was character in them and they would not drop the heads and that they would keep plugging right until the final whistle. They did that and got the rewards."
Holmes expressed concern about Mayo's wayward shooting, saying: "Our wide count was a bit higher than we would be comfortable with."
He also echoed his full-forward's remarks regarding the replay, saying: "You don't factor in replays when you prepare for a game, you prepare for that game and you prepare to try and win it. That didn’t happen today so now we’re faced with a replay, and we’ll prepare as well as we possibly can for that.”