Buckie Thistle’s remarkable 13-game winning run was halted by Inverurie Locos.
The Jags could only draw 1-1 with Locos at Harlaw Park as the hosts bounced back from a 6-0 Scottish Cup first round mauling by Buckie last weekend.
Thistle boss Graeme Stewart felt that on the balance of play his side deserved the three points.
He said: “We were the better team, we created the better chances.
“Kevin Fraser had a goal disallowed, but it looked offside so we’re not complaining about that and Chris Angus hit the post.
“At the end of the day we probably did deserve to win.
“They set up again quite defensive, they played the same formation 5-4-1.
“When they set up like that the worst thing you can do is give them a goal because then they just try and shut up shop, and unfortunately we gave them goal.
“Then they went down to 10 men and at that point there was no doubt in my mind that we were going to win the game.
“But then we get a guy stupidly sent off five minutes later which evens it up again.”
Michael Selfridge opened the scoring after nine minutes for Inverurie.
Kevin Fraser squared the match in 32 minutes and Angus hit the post for the visitors.
In the second period Kieran Adams was sent off on the hour for Buchan’s team and Craig Dorrat followed him down the tunnel five minutes later and the game drew to a conclusion with neither being able to find a winner.
Despite the disappointment of the winning run ending, Stewart was able to take some positives.
Buckie face their closest challengers Brora Rangers in midweek and the manager believes it’s good they are getting results without being at their best.
Stewart said: “We’ve got our hardest game of the season coming up on Wednesday against Brora.
“Our guys have done so well it doesn’t bother me I would have rather won the game today, but we didn’t play well.
“I said to the guys that it’s a good sign that you can go away from home against a team that beat you and finished above you last season and still get a draw.”