Cove Rangers manager John Sheran was happy with his side’s performance in their 1-1 draw with Wick Academy.
Gordon McNab put the Scorries ahead early on at Bellslea, Fraserburgh, before Jamie Masson equalised.
In the second half Mitch Megginson had a penalty saved by Sean McCarthy and Masson was sent off late on for a second booking.
Boss Sheran was pleased with his side’s display and said: “We were playing up the hill and against the wind in the first half and we lost an early goal on the breakaway.
“Then I thought we played some excellent stuff and created some good opportunities.
“The conditions were the real winner.
“The wind made it really difficult to play decent stuff – but we did.
“And we had great chances to win the game. But it was just one of those days when it wouldn’t go in.
“The keeper saved a penalty. Mitch Megginson has had a good record with penalties this year but the keeper made a decent save.
“It was just one of those games where the ball wouldn’t quite roll in the right direction and that’s why I’m saying the conditions were the winner.”
The result, combined with Fraserburgh’s game at Rothes being postponed, means Cove are three points clear of second-place Inverurie with four games in hand.
The Broch are two points back and have played two games more than Cove.
Sheran’s men have yet to be beaten in the league this term.
He added: “If you had been asked would we take this position with 10 games to go, we would have taken it.
“We won’t over-react to Saturday because we were happy with the performance in general.
“We just didn’t get the reward in front of goal that we deserved.
“We’re proud of what they’ve achieved over the season so far.
“But it means nothing unless we crack on and keep winning. That’s the important bit for us now.
“We’ve got a semi-final tomorrow (in the League Cup against Fraserburgh) which we’ll focus on and then it’s back to Lossiemouth in the league on Saturday.
“We need to make sure we’re on it every time.”
Elsewhere, Kris Hunter got the first win of his second spell in charge of Turriff United.
Nikolas Wozniak’s goal was enough to defeat Clachnacuddin at the Haughs.
Goals from Matthew MacDonald, Michael Clark and a double from Cammy Booth gave Huntly a 4-1 win over Fort William at Claggan Park.
Forres Mechanics beat champions Buckie Thistle 1-0 at Mosset Park with Andrew MacRae scoring and Strathspey v Deveronvale was postponed.
In the League Cup quarter-final Steven Mackay and Martin McLean scored as Brora beat Keith 2-1 with Cammy Keith netting for the Maroons.