After their worst start to a league campaign since 1989, Smalling feels that was important.
"It shows we can really stick together," said the England defender.
"We know a few results have not gone our way.
"But when there are a few doubts, we need to show we have a bit of character and fight.
"Once the disappointment of that equaliser subsides and we get back home, we will see it is a well earned point that will allow us to move on."
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