The Scot was delighted with his side's performance at the Britannia Stadium, although opposite number Mark Hughes was left to rue missed opportunities
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"I am delighted how brave we were," Mackay told reporters after the game. "In this league, it's about chipping away and picking up points as we go along.
"We've come to another very tough place, been very resilient and been well worthy of our point tonight.
"We managed to restrict Stoke, so I'm happy with my team. It [the draw] is probably fair, we had a couple of chances, but overall a draw was a fair result.
"And the fourth clean sheet of the season, which is something I'm delighted about."
Opposite number Hughes, meanwhile, was left to rue a missed opportunity to open up a bigger gap to the bottom three.
"I thought we did well up to a point - at the top end, which is a problem for us," he said. "But in terms of controlling the game I thought we did well we were the only team likely to win the game.
"In terms of performance I thought we stuck at it without creating too many clear-cut chances.
"We're disappointed not to win the game, I thought our performance merited that. I don't recall too many chances for them but I thought we stuck at it.
"We have got to keep our home form nice and solid, we have been decent enough but we need to take maximum points."