Billy Davies was delighted his ten-man team held out for over an hour at Championship leaders QPR for a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road. Forest found themselves a goal and a man down midway through the first half after Tommy Smith fired Rangers ahead and Radoslaw Majewski was sent off.
But they hauled themselves level through David McGoldrick's deflected free kick and then defended doggedly for a vital point in their own promotion push.
"We had to play for 70 minutes with 10 men and when you work hard all week on your shape and that happens, it's a disaster," he said.
"I don't think there can be a complaint, it's a clear airborne challenge. It was naive and stupid.
"But even with 10 men we looked dangerous and we deserve credit after our game plan was blown to bits.
"My back five were magnificent. It's a great point and a well-deserved one."
Rangers sit six points clear at the top and remain on course for a return to the Premier League.
But manager Neil Warnock was unhappy when Matt Connolly conceded the free-kick which led to Forest's equaliser and also felt referee Mark Clattenburg could have given his side a late penalty when Wayne Routledge went down in the box.
"There's definitely contact," he said. "But let's be fair, I wish we had referees like that every week.
"It's always difficult against 10 men but our strikers could have done more.
"To concede a goal like that is Sunday league stuff and the equaliser summed it up, how lucky can you be?
"If we'd have been tight for that period they would have had to come out rather than park the bus.
"But these are good points. Today's game won't decide our fate, the 15 we have left will."