MK Dons secured a point against Shrewsbury in their season opener, thanks to a fine display from goalkeeper David Martin.
After a subdued first half, the hosts found their stride after the break.
Football League debutant John Marsden saw two well-struck shots saved by Martin, who then kept out Paul Parry's volley and Aaron Wildig's effort.
George Baldock and Izale McLeod had chances for Dons late on but neither could find the net.
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Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner told BBC Shropshire:
"It was a hard game today with plenty of tension in it. I felt after half time we had a good spell and should have scored, we had that sense of urgency and should have done a lot better.
"The encouraging part about it is that we can get better. As a manager you are never quite sure if you have worked hard enough in pre-season, and whether you have played enough games.
"I think today was a good indication that we looked fit, we looked strong - but we just needed a bit more here and there."
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"It was difficult. It was one of those games where it was really hard to get going. First game of the season, it's always unique and different.
"I'm sure there's 25% of teams who would swap their results for ours. So, we move on, we've come here, kept a clean sheet and we build on it.
"I'm not going to back away from playing young players, I think it's important that you do that. It's important that we use our youth and use our energy, and we enhance it.
"These kids have got passion for the club; they care. And I think they showed that - all of them."