Deloraine coach Lochy Dornauf believes Old Scotch have shown they can match it with the best and could be worthy of an NTFA promotion in the future.
Over 24 hours removed from the NTFA Shield's first draw, Dornauf was more than comfortable conceding his side "got away" with the result.
"We never really looked in it, we had a pretty poor game from our perspective," he said.
"Our structures weren't adhered to and we just didn't have the ball and to Old Scotch's credit, that was their game plan.
"We are obviously a premier league club and we pride ourselves on our skill but our tenacity and want to get the ball was probably lacking and we were found out against a team that did the opposite."
Deloraine led by 11 points at the final break before Old Scotch pegged it back and controlled play despite being plagued by inaccuracy.
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Dornauf, last season's Hec Smith Medallist, hopes that the drawn result won't affect Old Scotch's finals chances, with the ladder now seeing them two points clear of Bridgenorth in fourth spot.
Old Scotch take on fellow division one outfit Old Launcestonians on Friday night, with a win to confirm a finals spot before the Parrots face third-placed Scottsdale the following day.
Thistles coach Brayley Coombes, who noted it was the first draw that he and many of his players had been involved in, told his side to learn from their mistakes and be proud of their efforts.
"In the end, a draw could be what cements us a spot in the finals and a loss could have made it reliant on percentage should we win Friday night," he said.
"We took a fair bit away from the game, obviously we were disappointed - inaccurate kicking, a few things didn't go our way - but at the end of the day, you can't change the result.
"We've played five premier league sides and we are two wins and a draw from it, so we are not getting ahead of ourselves but on our day [we can match it with them] and given the nature of the competition, we are just having fun."