Charlton have taken four points out of their first two games – but that tally could have been six but for a 67th minute Derby equaliser.
Chris Martin cancelled out Tony Watt’s deflected shot, the culmination of a game that saw the home side squander a number of chances in front of the Charlton goal.
The Rams scrapped for a winner but Addicks goalkeeper Nick Pope was resolute, tipping a header over the bar in stoppage time to leave the final score 1-1.
Charlton, who beat QPR on the opening day of the season, struggled to get out their own half for much of the match with Cristian Ceballos their most effective player going forward.
With Derby one hotly tipped to heading to the Premier League this season, Charlton appeared content to secure whatever points they could take away from Pride Park.
Charlton Athletic manager Guy Luzon: “Six months ago we played here and didn’t touch the ball and Derby scored two goals in the first 30 minutes and we were out of the game.
“So it was very important for me that we showed progress and that we are developing as a team. We showed a lot of quality and organisation in the defensive side.
“Derby have a lot of quality, so for us it was a great challenge to come here and show character. I know that maybe we don’t have the biggest squad in this league and don’t have the budget of Derby and some of the other clubs, but although we have a small budget, we have big hearts.”