The Tigers led twice at the KCOM Stadium through goals from Kamil Grosicki and Jordy de Wijs, but were pegged back with the visitors bagging their second equaliser in added on time.
“I thought it was a good game and the positive for us to take is that I think we have matched a team that has just come down from the Premier League for most of the game,” said McCann.
“Cardiff are a good team and will be right up there by the end of the season, and our group of players has shown that it can compete with sides like that.
“I’ve not been here long, but for us to compete with a team like Cardiff is a huge step in the right direction. They have a certain way and it works for them with real energy and aggression on the press, and wingers that can hurt you. I felt we dealt with that and we were pleased to go in 1-0 up at half time.
“To concede the equaliser at half time was a bit of a kick in the teeth, but I thought we responded and kept trying to play our game. It was a great ball in from Jarrod Bowen for Jordy to get his head on the end of.
“It’s then fine margins after that. We got caught off guard a little bit for their second equaliser with their centre-half going up top, he’s flicked the ball on and the lad’s shot goes through Brandon Fleming’s legs. We then go up the other end and George Honeyman has one blocked.
“The equaliser was a sucker-punch, but we’ve still gone to try and win the game after that. That’s what we’re about – we weren’t interested in sitting back and taking a 2-2 draw.”
The opening goal of the afternoon came from Grosicki who has now scored in four successive games, and it was another classy free kick from the Polish winger who found the net from fully 30 yards out.
“He’s in great form and that’s four in four for him now,” added McCann.
“Hopefully that continues. We’ve got another very big game coming up on Tuesday against Sheffield Wednesday, so we’ll take a point today and try to get three on Tuesday.”