Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood was pleased with the endeavour of his team in the dull 0-0 draw with Aberdeen but knows a huge improvement is needed.
"The players gave me bucket loads of commitment but we were inhibited by poor choices," he told BBC Scotland.
"The quality of play in the centre of the park was poor. It was dreadful on occasions and sometimes it was a lot worse than that.
"But we've got a clean sheet and that's a good starting point."
A draw stops a run of four successive home league defeats but Hibs remain bottom of the Scottish Premier League.
Hibs striker Garry O'Connor wasted a couple of good chances in front of goal but penalty box action was at a premium in a game low on thrills.
"It was graft today, there wasn't too much craft and guile," added Calderwood.
"Unfortunately for everyone sitting here, it wasn't what they watch on television. Don't always expect it to be like that.
"But, if you score the winner near the end, they'll all go away happy.
"Although they're are disgruntled at the minute, it's a lot better feeling than the last three defeats."
Aberdeen seldom threatened, although skipper Richard Foster curled a first-half strike narrowly wide, while Paul Hanlon made a great sliding clearance to prevent Dons sub Peter Pawlett finding the net.
"We escaped a couple of times at the back after poor decisions and that has cost us before," said Calderwood.
"Bits of the defending were better but a lot of that was down to the work in front of them. I was pleased with Victor Palsson and Isaiah Osbourne in the middle of the park."
Having gathered just a fourth point of the season, Calderwood insisted his players aim to entertain and that they will improve in the coming weeks.
"We tried [to entertain] but it's like trying to watch the TV and the TV's not working properly. That's probably what's happening at the minute.
"Without a doubt, we will produce better football than that.
"But in the way that we've lost goals, we've got to pass through sections of the team.
"It was entertaining in a perverse kind of way because there was action but a lot of it was misguided and down to mistakes.
"Nobody would have given us any credit if we had lost the game and played well, so we'll take a point and not worry too much."