Royals manager Brian McDermott was taking the positives from a breathtaking 2-2 draw at Swansea.
Pavel Pogrebnyak and Noel Hunt fired Reading into a two-goal lead, but a spirited second half comeback from City ensured the points were shared.
“We were 2-0 up and it was a good position for us but this is a tough place to come,” he said. “Every single game this season bar Spurs we’ve been right in it, competitive. That was the same today, which is pleasing.
“In the second half it took some fantastic saves from Alex to keep us in the lead and Swansea played really well. But it’s a point gained for us."
Reading pushed for the win late on, as they always do – and were so nearly successful in nicking it when Jem Karacan had an injury time header cleared off the line.
“That’s us all over – in the last three years we’ve won games late on. And we nearly won it in the last minute – it was a good clearance of the line from Jem’s header.
“This is a fantastic league with some really good players in it and I’m loving every moment of it. This afternoon's game was a really good match for the neutrals and we know we’re a big part of this league."
McDermott had particular praise for full Premier League debutant Jay Tabb, who stepped in for the injured Mikele Leigertwood at the Liberty Stadium, as well as his goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who produced a string of world class saves.
“He’s a keeper that wants to make the number one spot his own. We’re blessed with some really good goalkeepers at this club and today Alex was outstanding.
“And I was pleased for Jay - it was a typical Jay Tabb performance, you know what you’re going to get with him. He might not have played as many games as he’d have liked but he’s such a positive energy to have in the squad. He’s a fantastic person."