Derby cured their recent bout of travel sickness with a trip on the Woolwich ferry before Nathan Ellington secured a dramatic 2-2 draw at Charlton.
The Rams, without a goal on the road in the Coca-Cola Championship since October, had to take an unscheduled trip across the Thames to beat the south London traffic, and it was hardly plain sailing once they finally arrived with Charlton leading 2-1 deep into stoppage time before Ellington lifted the pressure on Paul Jewell.
The Rams boss said: "I'm still very annoyed, the performance wasn't up to scratch and we are low on confidence but we've deserved a bit of luck all season."
He added: "We were supposed to leave our hotel at 20 to six but the police were half an hour late so we had to get the ferry over. But that's no excuse.
"We are low on confidence and we are the only people who can put that right - and a goal in the last minute will help us."
Charlton caretaker boss Phil Parkinson, who had shouted himself hoarse during the game, is still looking for his first win since taking over from Alan Pardew. But his side are at least off the foot of the table following a vastly-improved display.
"As kicks in the teeth go it's about as big as you are going to get," croaked Parkinson.
"We thought time was up, and where the referee got four minutes from I don't know. But we had to defend the long throw and we didn't.
"It was a superb performance and the players are very low. Everything we asked of them they did and I feel so sorry for them - they deserved three points."
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