Bolton manager Owen Coyle was left frustrated as his side failed to bounce back after the heavy defeat by Chelsea.
Debutant defender David Wheater could have secured a victory near the end but scuffed his shot wide of the post.
Coyle rued his side's failure to take the rare opportunities they created but Wheater's performance was a highlight of the stalemate.
He said: "Both teams had chances and we had two gilt opportunities but Wigan defended for their lives.
"It was a terrific debut for Wheater. He looked very accomplished and was very dominant in the air but we all know that."
Bolton strikers Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander are going through a barren patch and got some advice from Coyle, a former striker himself.
He said: "When you're having a spell like this as a striker you have to keep banging on the door and eventually it will fly open.
"I have no fears that will happen."