John Ward was satisfied with a point but admitted Bristol Rovers' goalless draw against Southend had been an uninspiring encounter.
An instantly forgettable game saw Rovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall make the best save, diving to palm away Michael Timlin's shot after 53 minutes.
Southend substitute Jamar Loza mistimed his header from a good chance late on, while for the the home side John-Joe O'Toole headed straight at goalkeeper Daniel Bentley in the 83rd minute.
Ward said: "It was a dull game, but there are two ways of looking at the outcome.
"We are a point better off than we were before the game and have kept a clean sheet against a side who have been in the play-off positions for most of the season.
"Some of our fans will look at it like that. Others will say it was a disappointing performance and I can see that point of view too.
"I'm certainly a lot happier than I was on the coach back from Hartlepool last Saturday.
"After a 4-0 defeat you sometimes need the first goal to get things going again and unfortunately we couldn't get it.
"The fans got a bit edgy, which can happen. We tried different combinations in attack, but nothing quite worked on the night."