Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre was pleased to take a share of the points as the club made their return to the Scottish Premier League.
The Pars ground out a 0-0 draw against St Mirren, despite the Paisley side dominating possession.
"The first thing that you learn is that their players are better players," McIntyre said.
"Second half we got to grips with it better, but we didn't do enough to win the game so I am pleased with a draw."
And McIntyre feels the gulf between the sides is something he can remedy.
"They move the ball quicker, they press quicker, they're stronger.
"But that's all stuff we knew and we know we have to get better at that.
"We can certainly pass the ball better that is one thing we didn't do well tonight."
The Pars boss was unwilling to be drawn on a first half penalty award to St Mirren, which was saved by goalkeeper Paul Gallacher.
"I didn't see the penalty. John Potter said it was very soft but he would say that.
"Sometimes the momentum changes when a team misses a penalty.
"We might have sneaked a win but in all honesty a draw was fair."