Portadown moved off the foot of the table following this scoreless draw with Ballymena United at Shamrock Park.
And for Ballymena there was also a positive to be drawn from a fairly low key clash, a fourth successive clean sheet for the often porous Sky Blue defence.
The first notable effort of the game arrived after ten minutes when Lee Bonis directed a header at Jordan Williamson from eight yards after getting on the end of a Greg Hall cross.
Ballymena then had opportunities through Shay McCartan, Trai Hume and Paul McElroy before, right at the end of the first half, Chris Lavery connected with a ball over the United defence only to send his angled shot the wrong side of the right post.
The visitors had the better of the chances in the second half.
Ross Redman was inches away from turning home a Leroy Millar ball on 52 minutes before the roles reversed for Millar to strike the upright from Redman's free-kick.
Joshua Kelly then fired over from 30 yards while Ports keeper Benjamin Pierce had to be alert to turn away a swerving effort from distance from McCartan.
Ballymena did have the ball in the net right at the end of normal time but Kofi Balmer's 'goal' was ruled out offside.