Nottingham Forest moved off the bottom of the Premier League table after a tense goalless draw that extended Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi’s winless start.
On a frustrating evening for the dominant hosts at the Amex Stadium, Seagulls forward Leandro Trossard rattled the crossbar in the first half, while Pascal Gross was denied a late winner by a superb save from visiting goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
Struggling Forest failed to score but moved a point and a place above East Midlands rivals Leicester after tenaciously digging in to claim only their sixth point of the season.
Brighton are still seventh after failing to score in three consecutive games, and have only taken two points from a possible 12 since the appointment of head coach De Zerbi a month ago.
Albion had 19 shots on goal, but aside from expertly clawing away from Gross nine minutes from time, England World Cup hopeful Henderson was rarely put to the test.
Forest arrived in Sussex after suffering their worst start to a top-flight season, with seven defeats in ten games following promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.
The visitors were pinned back from the start as Brighton dominated possession, patiently probing for a breakthrough in the stadium’s 100th top-flight match.
Belgium international Trossard came closest in the first half, smashing a powerful effort against the top of the bar from just inside the 18-yard box in the 31st minute, after Henderson had earlier denied him.
Following a thrilling 3-3 draw at Liverpool in De Zerbi’s first game in charge, the Seagulls had lost three consecutive games without scoring.
As a series of chances to end the mini-drought passed them by, their Italian coach cut an increasingly frustrated figure on the sidelines.
Henderson, on loan from Manchester United, made solid saves to deny Solly March and Gross, while Adam Webster blazed wastefully over, eliciting groans from the home crowd.
Forest manager Steven Daniel Cooper, who was named on the official team sheet, would have been relieved to see the game end at 0-0, especially given that his team had lost all five of their games this season when conceding first.
After the restart, Brighton regained control of the game, albeit with a lack of cutting edge.
Danny Welbeck of Albion shot straight at Henderson and later headed wide, while Brennan Johnson fired a wayward effort out for a throw-in during the away side’s rare foray forward.
Forest were reasonably confident of achieving a draw, but they had to survive a scare when Henderson demonstrated his international credentials with outstanding diving save from Gross’ goal-bound effort.
The first-class intervention drew a few boos from home fans at full-time, as Brighton have yet to win since Graham Potter’s departure to Chelsea.
Forest, meanwhile, celebrated ecstatically in front of their raucous away fans after securing a hard-fought point ahead of tough games against Liverpool and leaders Arsenal.