John Coleman was happy with a point after a battling performance at unbeaten Carlisle.
Stanley were under pressure in the first half with Danny Grainger hitting the bar but Billy Kee gave the Reds a 58th minute lead.
However Nicky Adams pulled the Cumbrians back into it and Aaron Chapman’s superb double save from Reggie Lambe meant the spoils were shared.
“I thought we played well in the second half,” said Coleman. “In the first half, Carlisle were the better team, they used the ball better, they pressed and they were more inventive. We defended quite well but surrendered possession too easily.
“There were a few harsh words said at half-time and we grew into the game and scored a fantastic goal and were disappointed they pegged us back.
“Make no mistake, they are a good side and will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season and we hope to be too. It’s a difficult place to come and you have got to be satisfied with a point.
“This is a step in the right direction – now we have got to try and win games.”