Gateshead made it four points from two testing away games when they recorded their 11th draw of the season via a goalless stalemate at Salisbury.
Neither side could come up with a winner in a disappointing game in Wiltshire, Jack Lester and James Brown both with late chances to turn one point into three for Gateshead.
With just two wins from the last ten games, the Tynesiders need to put a run of wins together if they are to stay in the play-off hunt. Three home games in the next four matches will be pivotal to the Tynesiders’ promotion aspirations – Lincoln, Braintree and Tamworth the opposition on Tyneside.
Three goals from the last six games also highlights the need to get back on track in front of goal or the play-offs will fade from the horizon.
Gateshead manager Gary Mills said: “It’s very nip and tuck, it’s about who has the strength and bottle to win the games which will see them finish in the top five.
“We have taken four points from tough trips to Barnet and Salisbury, which has kept us in touch, and given us a chance with the home games coming up.
“We’ve had two or three great opportunities to win at Salisbury and Adam Bartlett did not have a save to make throughout the 90 minutes.
“I’m disappointed we haven’t come away with another three points as we’ve gone away from home and created numerous chances.”
It was a fourth fixture without scoring, but an eighth home game without defeat, for Salisbury, who rarely troubled a solid Gateshead defence.
A scrappy first half ended with Gateshead wide man James Marwood putting a free-kick wide and Theo Lewis shooting into the side netting at the other end.
There was more goalmouth action in the second period without the game ever hitting the heights.
Rob Ramshaw headed wide from a John Oster corner, Oster also putting two efforts wide.
Chris McPhee was off target for Salisbury while Bartlett saved on the line following a header from former Gateshead defender Glenn Wilson.
The Tynesiders, however, should have won it late in the game, substitute Lester failing to convert O’Donnell’s cross from close in.