Antonio Conte saluted Tottenham's fighting spirit after Steven Bergwijn's stoppage-time double snatched a stunning 3-2 win at Leicester City in a Premier League thriller.
Spurs were on the brink of suffering a first top-flight defeat under Conte after James Maddison put the Foxes in front for the second time in the 76th minute at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday.
Patson Daka had opening the scoring, but Harry Kane equalised in the first half with the 250th club goal of his career.
Spurs looked set to miss the chance to move above fierce rivals Arsenal into fifth place, but Bergwijn came off the bench to provide a last-gasp heroic performance.
The Netherlands forward equalised with 95 minutes gone and there was yet another incredible twice two minutes later, when he rounded Kasper Schmeichel before seeing his right-footed finish go in off the post.
Tottenham head coach Conte was proud of the way his side battled right to the end and felt they deserved all three points.
He told BBC Match of the Day: "I think we showed today that we don't want to give up. Never. The players know very well what our philosophy must be. We must fight to the end and try to also get a result.
"Today to lose this game was not right. We created many, many chances. We were unlucky when we conceded. At the end we were very good. And we believed to the end. We wanted three points and we deserved them.
"The response of the team was good from the start. I have found a group that have shown me from the first day a desire to work with me and the staff and to improve every day."
Wow that was madness. Football eh!?!? This guy pic.twitter.com/l9NHbcC28o— Harry Kane (@HKane) January 19, 2022
Tottenham had 27 attempts as they posed a huge threat going forward, but looked vulnerable at the back.
Kane was outstanding but could have had a hat-trick, heading against the crossbar and seeing a shot cleared off the line by Luke Thomas as Spurs wasted a whole host of chances.
Conte's men are only a point behind fourth-placed West Ham with three games in hand on David Moyes' side, while they are eight points adrift of Chelsea in third place ahead of a clash with the European champions on Sunday, but the Italian says they remain a work in progress.
He added: "We know we have a long path in front of us but for me, it is important to know they want to improve. Step by step we need to raise our level and improve quality. Today we played a good game and if I have to see one situation we need to improve, there are key moments.
"Sometimes we do not understand this, that you need to control the game. A great team does this.
"For me, it is difficult to tell you something about our target. I think we have a long path and now we have to work. We know every well we have to fight to try to reach our best result. It will be very difficult because of the level of this tournament."
Bergwijn had not scored for Tottenham this season, but ended his drought in spectacular fashion.