Opposition's View - Chris Powell
Powells' men looked like they were going to celebrate their return to the Championship with a win after taking the lead through Leon Cort in the 81st minute.
But lanky striker Nikola Zigic had other thoughts and fired home a low shot that gave City a share of the spoils.
Powell told reporters after the game: 'We came to a big ground where you really have to earn the right to win a point. On one hand I am disappointed we dropped two points after getting so close to a win.
'But I have to give my team a lot of plaudits for the performance. Obviously we went so close but before the game I think people would have said to get a point at Birmingham was a real positive display.
'But you have to see a game right to the end. That is why Zigic cost £6million. He is quality and he showed that with his equaliser.
'We took the game to Birmingham and should have come away with a win. Another day we might not play so well and win. But it is a real confidence boost for the players, it gives them a belief in themselves that they can perform in the Championship.'