Barry Robson has admitted it was frustrating to be held to a draw by Lithuania but was encouraged by Scotland's performance.
Craig Levein's side could only play out a goalless stalemate in Kaunas to pick up a point from their opening Euro 2012 qualifier.
Levein later branded the refereeing as 'ridiculous' and midfielder Robson agrees that more could have been done to protect the Scotland players.
But although he thinks official Cuneyt Cakir should have been firmer with his decisions, Robson accepts there was a lack of cutting edge from Scotland.
Robson nevertheless believes there were plenty of positives to take from the display and thinks they perhaps deserved a better result.
"Every time you broke forward someone took you down," explained the Middlesbrough man.
"It was quite frustrating but that's what happens and you need some protection from the referee at times. I didn't think we got it.
"Every time we got in good positions to get a cross in or make a good pass, we got taken down. It was frustrating.
"But, on saying that, we came at them and had a few good chances as well. A wee bit better quality, some better balls into the box from me, and we might have won the game. We were much the better team and it was frustrating in the end."
Scotland's next challenge is a home game against Liechtenstein on Tuesday before facing Czech Republic and Spain in a difficult double-header next month.
Robson continued: "Hopefully we can move forward and win the next game.
"It's not a problem, we know we can still play better. But we looked a lot better than we had done.
"You can see the manager is trying to build something here and we'll move forward.
"As I said, I think the referee had a bit to play in that game and it was frustrating. But we will keep going and we will get even better."