Jim McIntyre believes draw with Inverness could prove important to Ross County

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre was pleased with his side's draw against Inverness
Ross County manager Jim McIntyre was pleased with his side's draw against Inverness

Ross County boss Jim McIntyre felt his side’s Highland derby point from the 1-1 draw with Inverness could prove important come the end of the Ladbrokes Premiership season.

Results around them at the bottom of the table went their way and a point lifted them closer to Dundee in eighth.

It had looked like their neighbours Caley Thistle were going to take all three points through Greg Tansey’s deflected shot but Alex Schalk’s composed finish with five minutes to go earned a share of the spoils.

“Every point at this stage in the season is massive when you look at how tight it is,” said McIntyre.

“Every team from six down is in this, whether to stay out of the bottom two or to try and get that sixth place. It is still all there. The results have gone our way today. It’s still all to play for.

“The spirit is there for all to see. We’ve got a tight knit group who work their backsides off. Yes, we can be disappointed at times with how we’ve played this season, but there’s definitely an unbelievable spirit in our dressing room.”

A point also worked out for Inverness when looking at the bigger picture.

Hamilton’s 4-0 defeat against Rangers put them back to the bottom on goal difference, lifting Caley Thistle into the relegation play-off spot.

Manager Richie Foran was keen to ensure that his players saw the positives, despite the late equaliser.

Foran admitted: “We’ve seen a lot of it over the last six or seven games. I’m a positive guy and it’s coming.

“We’ll go and put three or four wins together – we’ve got the firepower. If we keep that never-say-die attitude and togetherness, keep working for each other, those wins will come,” he added.

“The boys are down and will be for the night. But we lift them in training on Monday and they’ll lift me. We’ll go again and we can’t wait for Kilmarnock.

“We’re back off the bottom so that gives us huge confidence. That puts us in a great mindset.”

The Caley Jags face Kilmarnock at home after the international break which will give Iain Vigurs more time to recover after he hurt his ankle against the Staggies.