MK Dons boss Paul Tisdale was delighted his side were able to stop the rot and earn a point in a 0-0 draw with Coventry.
Injury-hit Dons were not able to name a striker in their starting XI and so were forced to work hard to earn a share of the spoils.
And their cause was helped at the other end when keeper Lee Nicholls denied Jordy Hiwula from the penalty spot and put an end to MK’s five-game losing run.
Tisdale said: “I thought it was a brilliant game of football and I really enjoyed it. I am delighted to have got a clean sheet and a point – it seems like a small step but it is a big step for us and where we have been.
“We had to be brave and try things. Coventry are a really good footballing side and we had to think about how we might get through on their goal, and we put in a really good team performance.
“Well done to Lee Nicholls – that is as good as scoring a goal. That was a really big moment.”
Coventry, now winless in four, wasted a decent opportunity when Sam McCallum’s cross into the MK six-yard box was met by frontman Amadou Bakayoko, whose header flew inches wide of goal.
Coventry were awarded a penalty when Dons keeper Nicholls brought down Hiwula inside the box, only for the Sky Blues man to then watch Nicholls pull off a decent save.
MK’s first shot on goal followed minutes later when Hiram Boateng’s half-volley from inside the visitors’ box forced keeper Marko Marosi into action.
Marosi could only watch when Ben Reeves’ long-range effort smacked off the underside of the Coventry crossbar late on, as things ended goalless.
Coventry boss Mark Robins was frustrated at his side’s lack of threat in front of goal.
He said: “I know why we have not come away with three points today, it is because we were lacking a little bit in front of goal.
“We had a lot of the ball and did not do enough with it, and we were making poor decisions in the final third – it is so frustrating because we feel like we are picking a lock, and we are just getting round to that last little bit before we are able to open the door.
“We are not working hard enough so we have to pick that up and do better, but again I can’t be too harsh because that is where we are at the minute.
“If you fancy yourself to pick the ball up and take the penalty, you have to make sure you do better with it and put it in the back of the net.”