KNOX City claimed a 0-0 draw against third-placed Fitzroy City at Fairfield Park in the FFV state league 3 competition on Saturday.
Knox has now gone four matches without a defeat and continues to push to out of the bottom two.
After absorbing the early pressure, Knox started to get into the game and was creating chances of its own.
The best Knox chance came when a thrown ball saw Tom Szabo outpace the advancing Fitzroy keeper and put his shot past him but without enough power and the Fitzroy defence cleared well before the goal line.
Both keepers were working hard as the game ebbed and flowed but half-time came with no score to either side. Knox's only real downside for the first half at the 41st minute when Judd Flores came from the field when he re-aggravated a hamstring injury and saw him replaced by Ross Clark.
Knox keeper Matt Broxham made a couple of great second-half saves, one a reflex parry from a scrambled header at close range and another brilliant one-on-one save when a mistake by the Knox defence gifted Fitzroy a ball at the edge of the box.
With Waverly Wanderers losing to Old Scotch, Knox is now off the bottom of the table but still has a lot of work to do to avoid relegation.
Knox faces league leader Doveton at Waratah Reserve this Saturday at 3pm.
Knox reserves went down 4-1.
FFV state league 3 ladder: Doveton 48 points, +27 goal difference; Springvale City 37, +17; Fitzroy City 34, +13; Peninsula Strikers 28, 0; Nunawading City 27, -2; Berwick City 26, 0; Heatherton United 25, -5; Old Scotch 24, 0; North Caulfield 21, -14; Beaumaris 19, -16; Knox City 16, -12; Waverley Wanderers 15, -8.