Stand-in referee Christian Lautier could not have enjoyed a more comfortable afternoon as Hibernian and St Johnstone played out a dull Easter Road stalemate.
The Maltese, who covered for Scotland's striking officials, had no major decisions to make on a painless afternoon's work that saw him keep his cards in his pocket.
After a nondescript first half, Saints created several chances after the break but failed to properly test goalkeeper Mark Brown.
St Johnstone striker Sam Parkin was a constant threat in the box but was unable to divert any headers on target.
Lautier had his first real decision to make after just six minutes when he appeared to call it right when Colin Nish pushed over Saints defender Michael Duberry as the pair chased down a ball into the visitors' box.
Hibs were enjoying the greater share of possession during the early exchanges and a neat move in the Saints half ended with John Rankin hitting a tame right-footed shot at goal from 18 yards after linking with Colin Nish.
The home side had an injury scare in the 20th minute when towering centre-half Sol Bamba went down inside the box but the Ivory Coast international was able to continue after receiving treatment at the side of the pitch.
In a match bereft of action at either end, the vocal Hibs fans were trying to encourage their team from the newly-built East Stand.
That enthusiasm, however, did not seem to transfer to the pitch as both sides fought out an uninspiring first-half battle.
Saints were having little luck trying to breach the Hibs rearguard while the home side were struggling to threaten in the final third with lone marksman Colin Nish often lacking support.
Hibs midfielder Edwin De Graaf finally produced a bright moment to add some excitement to the clash when he struck a half-volley from outside the box that St Johnstone goalkeeper Peter Enckelman had to dive to save.
Hibs made the brighter start to the second period but it was St Johnstone that squandered a great chance to open the scoring.
Cleveland Taylor scooped a lofted cross into the box and the unmarked Colin Samuel had time to take a touch but he inexplicably tapped a harmless bounce ball into Mark Brown's arms.
Danny Grainger then launched an inswinging left-footed free kick into the box from the touchline that was missed by Hibs goalkeeper Brown and Saints striker Sam Parkin but the home fans were relieved to see the ball bounce past the post.
De Graaf did well to create space outside the area by nutmegging Duberry but his weak left-footed shot was easily collected by the goalkeeper.
The second period had chances and they were falling for the away team. Parkin struck a looping header over the bar after connecting with Grainger's free-kick.
Parkin went close again for Saints in the 70th minute, powering a header over the bar from Grainger's corner.
The Hibs fans were becoming frustrated by striker Nish's ineffective performance and a section booed as he was replaced by defender David Stephens seconds later, with manager Colin Calderwood having no other forwards at his disposal.
The fans also made it clear they were not in favour of captain Ian Murray's withdrawal from the team to be replaced by David Wotherspoon.
After illustrating his threat in the final third with his dangerous deliveries, Grainger then exhibited his defensive attributes as he made a timely block tackle just as Stephens was a about to pull the trigger from eight yards with Enckleman grounded.
St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes hopes this weekend's controversial referees strike will lead to a greater respect for officials after praising Maltese stand-in Christian Lautier for his performance in the goalless draw at Hibernian.
McInnes was pleased both teams showed an understanding of the situation and
gave Lautier a straightforward afternoon at Easter Road.
Scottish officials opted to take industrial action due to the level of criticism and abuse that has been directed at them but McInnes hopes everyone associated with the game will refrain from targeting them in future.
"I thought there was a respect and both teams showed a responsibility as well for the referee," McInnes said. "If there is a plus with what has happened this week, I thought the players
showed restraint and responsibility.
"We need to make sure that's the same respect when our own guys come back next week. The referees made a point and they must have thought long and hard before doing it. They obviously felt they had to do it although I thought it was avoidable.
"Hopefully we can have more dialogue and more responsibility and more help towards them to make sure it does not happen again.''
Commenting on Lautier's display against Hibs, McInnes added: "I think it's always going to be difficult, it's a difficult environment to come into but they can be pleased with their performance.
I thought he carried an authority about him, there were no real contentious decisions.''
After a nondescript first half, St Johnstone were the more threatening team after the break as towering striker Sam Parkin caused a nuisance in the box without properly testing goalkeeper Mark Brown.
"I thought we had the better of the chances but we probably just didn't do enough to win the game because we didn't work the 'keeper enough.
"I don't think we kept the ball well enough in the first half. It's the second week in a row we have been on the road and it's two clean sheets. I thought both teams worked really hard.''
Hibs manager Colin Calderwood, meanwhile, has urged the supporters to lay off Colin Nish after he was booed when he made way for David Stephens in the 70th minute following an ineffective performance as the lone marksman.
"It's something you don't want and I have a lot of sympathy for big Colin. We have to be careful how we go about supporting our team, there is a balance and you have to be careful you don't cross the line and it affects the club. For the game, we made lots of little mistakes and never had any real fluency.''