Scott Laird’s powerful first-half header appeared to have secured Walsall victory, only for Dean Bowditch to curl home a late leveller.
And although disappointed not to win, Whitney was “proud” of his players’ efforts.
“Performance wise I am very pleased,” said the 45-year-old, whose side are now unbeaten in six in the league.
“Of course I am disappointed to concede at such a late stage of the game but I also understand that happens sometimes.
“I thought we were good enough to come away with all three points and we caused them a lot of problems.
“But you don’t always go on to get your rewards in football. If we had got a second, I believe we would have gone on to win comfortably.
"Some of our shape and play was fantastic and very pleasing for me as the gaffer.
“I said to the players ‘I am proud of you’. The work ethic they put in, I want them crawling off the pitch with no energy left and you could see that.
“I am disappointed but not frustrated because we can have no regrets following that performance.
“We have to take the positives out of how we performed today and it’s extended the unbeaten run in the league. It’s just two losses in 13 now.”