Following the proverbial game of two halves, Steve Bruce hailed his players for the turnaround that triggered a point at Preston.
Wednesday were a shadow of themselves at the break as they trailed 2-0 but a spirited second half performance turned the tide.
Even after later going 3-1 behind, the Owls refused to lay down and ultimately salvaged a hard-earned draw over the Pennines.
Bruce said: “Well for as terrific as we were in the second half we were awful in the first half.
“The players just weren’t at it and that’s the first time I’ve lost my temper here since I’ve walked through the door.
“But credit to them. They’ve responded in the right way and even when we went 3-1 down I thought we could come back.
“And in the end, in all honesty, we could have won the game twice right at the end.
“I’m pleased for the supporters because they’ve gone home now with smiles on their faces and it looked anything like that in the first half.
“They’ve turned out in huge numbers today on an awful afternoon and they deserved to see their team take something from what in the end was a very entertaining game.”
The one real downside was the dismissal of Dominic Iorfa for a late challenge on Darnell Fisher late in the game.
Bruce added: “I didn’t get a great view if I’m being honest because it happened so quickly.
“Dom is a strong, athletic boy and I know there will have been no malice there.
“It may be mistimed – I will take a look at it back and decide from there.”