Ledley King, Noureddine Naybet and Paul Robinson we all outstanding as we kept Chelsea at bay at Stamford Bridge.
Despite the home side's almost constant pressure in the second half the best chance of the game went to Robbie Keane whose close-range header after 55 minutes was superbly tipped over by Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.
Otherwise, Paul made three fine saves and Ledley marshalled a defence that was seemingly always there to clear or block from a host of dangerous positions and half-chances.
"When you play a big team like Chelsea you have to defend and we were asked to defend," reasoned Jacques afterwards.
"This was the reverse of our last game against Norwich last week because Norwich defended well.
"Chelsea are team of international players and I was pleased with my young team.
"We know we had an important and difficult game and for my players and our fans I'm very pleased with the result. It wasn't the best game but after the spirit we showed it was important we won a point."
Jacques Santini said it was important for the team that we secured a point after our defensive performance at Chelsea on Sunday.