Our reward of four points from the games on Boxing Day, December 30 and New Year's Day might have been greater but for the defensive quality of Liverpool and the reflexes of David James at Portsmouth.
But, as Michael pointed out, the dominant performance in the second half of Monday's draw at Fratton Park after trailing 1-0 at half-time underlined how well we coped with the three games in six days - four in nine if you include Newcastle on December 23 - and a month where we played nine games in 30 days.
"We were really pushing on for the win in the second half at Portsmouth and that's testament to the work we've all put in," reflected Michael. "I thought we might have nicked it and David James made one save in particular from Tom Huddlestone to deny us.
"Christmas and New Year is a busy schedule but I think our bodies are getting used to it this season, simple as that.
"Mentally we're ready for games as well. We travelled down to Portsmouth on the Sunday for Monday's game and it felt like a Friday after a normal week. Personally, I didn't feel tired and was ready to play again."
Michael Dawson felt the squad handled the physical demands of the busy festive period well - because we're used to playing so many games this season.