Joleon Lescott was confident England has got its "toughest" 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier out the way after
But Lampard's penalty three minutes from time salvaged what Lescott and his teammates admitted could be a crucial point.
England had been top of Group H after thrashing
With trips to all three to come, that would have arguably left them with a real uphill battle to qualify.
It did slip to second place on goal difference but Manchester City star Lescott claimed a draw was not a bad result against a side that was unlucky to lose to England at the European championships.
"It was our toughest game, I felt, in the Euros, and they showed again what a good team they are," he said.
"There's no easy games in the group but we felt that we probably got our toughest one out of the way."
He added: "They're a good team and our biggest threat in the group also."
He said: "It was starting to get that way.
"But the players we've got and the determination we showed, we're always going to create chances and, luckily for us, we got a penalty and Frank put it away."
He added: "I'm sure that the manager and the fans expect nothing less from us.
"We're a determined bunch of lads and we thought we could've scored early on and obviously go on and get a victory but it just wasn't to be."