Ferguson paid tribute to the Redsâ€™ ability to come from behind, after Ryan Giggs cancelled out Oscar Cardozoâ€™s superb opener for the hosts with an equally impressive leveller.
â€śWe went 1-0 down and coming back was a good part of the game for us, " Ferguson told manutd.com. "I thought we played very well for the first half an hour of the second-half and maybe we should have finished it then.
â€śBut in the last 15 minutes I think Benfica came into it a bit and Anders (Lindegaard) made one or two terrific saves to keep us in it. We had one or two chances ourselves but I think a draw was a fair result.
â€śYouâ€™ve got to expect a tough game with Benfica and one of contrast. When they had possession they did well and when we had it, we played well. Thatâ€™s what good teams can do. It was that type of match and both teams played their part.â€ť
One of the most pleasing aspects of Wednesdayâ€™s match at the Estadio da Luz was the opportunity to field some of the players who'd previously been on the fringes this season.
â€śMost of them have had good game time," observed Sir Alex. "Ji-Sung Park and Michael Carrick had a full game. Antonio Valencia and Darren Fletcher both played a good part of the game, as did young Fabio.
â€śWe needed that because we have important times coming up in the Champions League, the Carling Cup, and the Premier League.â€ť