Craig Hignett admitted his side were not at their best during the 0-0 draw at Chorley on Saturday but took heart from a clean sheet at Victory Park.
It was the second shutout of the season and the second in succession away from home but Hignett still felt a little frustrated that Pools were unable to break the deadlock in Lancashire.
“I think it was important we didn’t concede goals and we came away with something,” Hignett told Pools TV.
“I didn’t think we were at our best today, I thought were a little bit nervy and didn’t look at our brightest with the ball.
“We defended well and put our heads in when we needed to but both teams looked a bit nervous – obviously they’d conceded a lot in the last two games and we didn’t want to concede and it showed.
“It opened up a little towards the end and we looked the more likely to go and win it but I will take a draw and the clean sheet because I know we’re a better side with the ball than we showed.
“We could have won it at the end with Gav’s chance but sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t but, just at the moment, it seems those little things that can change games aren’t going for us.”