Lincoln managed to gain a decent point away at Crewe, despite coming under intense pressure late in the game
Clayton Donaldson, who had scored in his three previous games, hit the woodwork following a neat first-half interchange with John Brayford.
The second half saw Crewe's Joel Grant drag a shot across goal while Calvin Zola flashed a header wide.
City's best chance fell to Eric Lichaj, but on loan Crewe stopper Steve Phillips made the save.
Adam Watts put in a commanding display at centre half for City, with the inform pairing of Zola and Donaldson restricted to a succesion of half chances.
Chris Sutton was happy with the point.
"I'm really proud of my players. We knew it was going to be a difficult game as they're a massive threat in attack and I thought dealt with it well.
"They had periods of pressure but if you come here and go gung-ho against them they'll cut through you so I thought our gameplan was decent.
"At the moment we're not quite getting the breaks in front of goal but we are improving all the time and everybody to a man worked hard."