Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe had mixed emotions after his side's goalless draw at high-flying Brentford.
The battle of League One's two form sides rarely looked like ending in anything other than stalemate as they cancelled each other out.
The Bees, unbeaten in 11 matches, and the Cherries, without a defeat in 15, created few chances in a game of cat and mouse.
But Howe insisted his side were well worth the three points after edging a high-quality second half at Griffin Park.
"I thought the first 45 was a bit scrappy, but after the break we dominated and should have won it," Howe said.
"Both teams will be happy they have kept their runs going. We are now 16 games unbeaten and that's four clean sheets in a row, so I'm happy from that perspective."
Howe added: "We knew this was going to be a hard game because Brentford are very strong at home. In the end the result keeps us outside the play-offs, but there's still a very long way to go."
Brentford were denied the chance of an injury-time penalty when striker Clayton Donaldson was bundled over by Bournemouth midfielder Eunan O'Kane.
Referee Tim Robinson waved play on, sparking furious scenes on the touchline as Brentford boss Uwe Rosler remonstrated with the fourth official.