Heart of Midlothian boss Gary Locke was bitterly disappointed that his side could not make any headway into their point deduction.
The Edinburgh club were docked 15 points for the season for entering administration recently but were unable to put a dent in the deficit after losing 1-0 at St Johnstone due to a 25th minute Stevie May goal.
"We wanted to eat into that 15 points quickly but one thing is for sure, we'll not feel sorry for ourselves. We have another cracking game next weekend (versus Hibernian) and it's a game we will have to pick up points in,” said Locke.
"It was a frustrating day. We can certainly play better than that. It was one of those days. There wasn't a lot of quality and we lost a poor goal as well.
"We know we have to improve in the final third. I'm not going to stand here and make excuses but we need to take shots when we create openings."