London - Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was a satisfied man indeed after FC Schalke 04 held Chelsea FC to a 1-1 draw in their UEFA Champions League Group G opener on Wednesday night.

The 31-year-old not only scored the equaliser that secured a point for the Royal Blues, but also led a team missing no less than eight regular players to a result that could prove to be the fillip the club need to finally get their stuttering league campaign on track.

After the final whistle at London's Stamford Bridge, the Dutch FIFA World Cup star paid tribute to the resilience shown by Schalke's inexperienced XI and stated his belief that the win will give them "a positive feeling" for their upcoming domestic engagements.

Question: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, how relieved were you when the final whistle was blown?

Huntelaar: We were relieved, certainly. We knew it would be an extremely difficult game, even just considering the amount of players we were missing. We had a lot of changes in the side and it took a while before we found our rhythm, but we fought really well to haul ourselves into the game.

Question: Early on things looked ominous for Schalke...

Huntelaar: We didn’t start well and we conceded an early goal, but we turned things around after half time. Chelsea tried to play on the counter-attack and take advantage of our mistakes, but we were clever and didn’t allow them do that.

Question: What did you make of the team’s emergency back four?

Huntelaar: I liked it. The whole team fought really, really well, especially the guys who were playing out of position. I’m really proud of the lads. You saw that there’s always something to be taken from a game, no matter who the opposition is.

Question: Was it tough to motivate yourselves after the 4-1 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend?

Huntelaar: I’m always confident in every game, but we can’t let ourselves believe that things will start to get better just like that. We need to stay focused and start working towards the game on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Question: Is this result the wake-up call you need for the Bundesliga?

Huntelaar: The game against Frankfurt is another game now. Obviously we’ll take a positive feeling into it, but nothing more than that. A draw here doesn’t guarantee that we’ll win on Saturday. It’s a home game, though, and we really want to get three points from it. Now we have to concentrate fully on that.

Question: You’re thin on the ground in terms of fit players. Does the squad have enough depth?

Huntelaar: It was tough here against Chelsea but we’ve got a few days now to recharge our batteries and get back to 100 per cent. But first we want to enjoy this result a little.

Dietmar Nolte reporting from Stamford Bridge