RYAN Lowe feels his players still have plenty to play for despite Bury’s relegation from League One being confirmed.

The Shakers’ failure to beat fellow strugglers Northampton last Saturday ensured they would be returning to League Two after three years in the third tier.

A distraught Lowe said they had not shown enough fight in recent weeks and they needed to take more responsibility as they look to restore some pride.

They did that on Tuesday, coming from 2-0 down to lead at mid-table Doncaster and, although the hosts salvaged a 3-3 draw, it halted a seven-match losing streak for Bury.

This Saturday the Shakers visit Shrewsbury, who are still challenging for a top-two finish, and Lowe hopes his players can continue the positive response they have made to being condemned to the drop.

“It’ll be a tough game as they’re pushing for promotion but that might play to our advantage,” he said.

“Doncaster are also a good team so it’s a good result coming here and getting a point. At times in the second half I felt we dominated them. I felt we got the 100-per-cent effort and commitment I wanted after Saturday.”

Doncaster went 2-0 up inside 35 minutes but an own goal made it 2-1 at half-time, with a Jay O’Shea penalty and George Miller’s sixth goal of the season putting Bury in front after the break.

The hosts equalised on 65 minutes but youngsters Ryan Cooney, Callum Styles and Saul Shotton played the full game, with 17-year-old defender Shotton making his league debut.

“I’ll hold my hands up, the shape just wasn’t right in the first 20 minutes,” said Lowe.

“I admit I made a mistake but ultimately you’ve seen the performance the lads have given me. They were fantastic.

“I was a little apprehensive about going with Saul but he did well, even with the changes in shape we made. Everyone in the squad had a real go and we got a justified point.”