Notts County manager Martin Allen was satisfied after his side scrapped their way to a goalless draw against Preston at Meadow Lane.
In a game short on entertainment, the Magpies had the better of what few chances there were, with Alan Sheehan, Ben Burgess and Lee Hughes going close in the second half.
Allen said: "It's a good point and a good clean sheet. We didn't play as well as we'd like but they were very difficult to break down."
He added: "We've got to give them a bit of credit for that. Our keeper had to come for a few crosses but he hasn't had one save to make all game."
Preston fans may be happy enough with a point and a clean sheet away from home, and the performance did please new manager Graham Westley, who picked up his first point as Lilywhites boss.
He said: "It was a solid and professional away performance. It was a good step and we've been working hard on our defensive play. Fair play to the lads for the discipline they showed."
North End rarely troubled Magpies goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, with defender David Gray's deflected long-range strike their best chance.
Scot Gray was brought back into the side by Westley and earned praise from his new boss.
He said: "If you're a defender, your first priority is to keep a clean sheet and if you've done that, you've done your job.
"But I don't want to single out individuals on the night because it was a team performance. They were all at it, keeping their shape and working hard. There's not a player in there who didn't put a shift in."