Loxwood swiftly put their defeat to Broadbridge Heath behind them with a much-improved showing to draw 2-2 with a strong Littlehampton side on Tuesday evening.
Playing away from home, Littlehampton struck first after a scoreless first 45 minutes, with Ross McKay scoring on 53 minutes.
Dave Cocoracchio’s side struck back almost instantly through Tim Martin’s 58th-minute penalty, which was given away by McKay.
Loxwood then grabbed the lead through Shaun Findlay on 73 minutes, but Littlehampton replied instantaneously through Liam Humphreys.
Loxwood’s Adam Hutchings was then sent off for a second bookable offence.
Cocoracchio said: “After the Saturday defeat, we thought it was the right game to challenge our strength of character and see if we could bounce back and the lads, to a man, were outstanding.
“We changed formation from Saturday’s, and it suited us: we played a very high level of football.
“I am absolutely delighted, we’re pleased to get off the mark and get our first points in County One, considering the quality of the opponents and their being one of the favourites for promotion.
“Littlehampton finished third last year and we knew what a strong team they were going to be, so we knew we’d face a very tough test.
“We matched them all round the park, and at times played the better football, so we’re probably disappointed that we didn’t take all three points.” Loxwood: Smith, Magnus, Elkana, French, Familton, Swaine, Pritchard (Beard 72), Hutchings, Wright (Merridew 82), Martin, Findlay.