Crewe manager Steve Davis admitted his side's lack of a killer punch cost them the chance of three points after a goalless draw against Carlisle at Brunton Park.
Ajay Leitch-Smith went closest for Alex with a 70th-minute snapshot which shook the crossbar.
Davis said: "We more than deserved the draw and could even have won the game because we had several clear openings in the first half when I felt we were the better team.
"They came into it a bit, but we defended the crosses well. We had more opportunities and hit the bar, but we were a bit shot shy even if it was not for want of trying.
"It was a decent game and with a bit more fortune we would have done.
"We played some good football and I was proud of a good performance. Our movement was good and it was just the final ball in the last third and the killer edge in front of goal we lacked.
"Carlisle have been in this league a long team and we are just adapting. We are getting belief and resilience and I am more than pleased with the players' efforts."
Joe Garner, back at Carlisle on loan from Watford, had the hosts' best chance.
The substitute's shot beat Crewe keeper Alan Martin but rebounded off the right-hand post,
Manager Greg Abbott said. "Joe's the type of player that upsets defenders and gets us up the field. He is in the last year of his contract and we will try to help him out."