Middlesbrough kept a fourth straight clean sheet at home for the first time in over a decade but that was the only notable aspect of an unremarkable match against Wigan.
Chris McCann went close for Wigan when his stabbed shot was deflected wide.
Stephen Crainey then drew the save of the match from Shay Given, who made a one-handed stop to prevent his 20-yard strike from finding the net.
Curtis Main had Boro's best chance when he scooped over from eight yards.
The Latics, seven points off the play-offs but with two games in hand on some of their rivals, were first to show when Ben Watson curled to the back-post where McCann's effort was charged down.
They went close again moments later when Manchester United loanee Nick Powell pulled the ball back for McCann to stab in a shot that clipped George Friend and flew wide.
Boro came into it 10 minutes before the break. Emmanuel Ledesma's corner was flicked on by Daniel Ayala for Mustapha Carayol to try a diving header that was deflected wide off defender James Perch.
The home side should have scored after the break, but Main inexplicably lifted his effort over the bar from Ledesma's cut-back.
With 14 minutes remaining, goalkeeper Given, on loan from Aston Villa, made an outstanding stop to prevent Crainey from giving the visitors the lead.
Wigan pressed once more, but this time midfielder Powell headed over from Jean Beausejour's cross.
The result leaves Boro 10th, level with Wigan on 37 points having played two more games.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:
"The game was not a good one for us. It was difficult as Wigan are a good team.
"We did not play with personality and we did not do enough to win the game. But when you can not win a game it is important that you do not lose it."
Wigan boss Uwe Rosler:
"Before the game I would have taken a point. We started slowly and did not play well in the first half.
"But in the second half we played much better. I was disappointed because we had the better of the game and had the chances to win.
"In the end we are disappointed to only take one point."
Middlesbrough 12 Given 08 Varga Booked 03 Friend 07 Leadbitter 26 Ayala 04 Williams (Gibson - 49' ) 11 Ledesma Booked 18 Whitehead 10 Emnes (Adomah - 60' ) 23 Main 19 Carayol (Kamara - 83' ) Substitutes 06 Butterfield 13 Konstantopoulos 22 Gibson 24 Chalobah 25 Omeruo 27 Adomah 29 Kamara Wigan Athletic 26 Al-Habsi 22 Beausejour 03 Crainey 24 Perch Booked 25 Barnett 17 Boyce 08 Watson Booked (McArthur - 60' ) 07 McCann 32 Fortuné (McClean - 60' ) 19 Powell (Maynard - 85' ) 18 Espinoza Substitutes 11 McClean 13 Nicholls 14 Jordi Gómez 16 McArthur 29 Maynard 30 Kiernan 31 Browning
Ref: Michael Naylor