Relegation threatened Reading had a goal disallowed as their winless streak was extended to eight matches in an entertaining 0-0 draw against Swansea on Wednesday in their Premier League clash.
Reading may be second from bottom and six points from safety, but the point gained here followed a respectable showing against champions Manchester City last Saturday, losing to a goal in time added on, will give them reason to be optimistic at escaping the drop.
Swansea dominated for large stages of the match but had to withstand a late Reading onslaught as they kept up their fine recent away form that has seen them lose just once in their last five outings.
Reading's Australian international Adam Federici kept his side in the match on 65 minutes as he made a brilliant save to deny Nathan Dyer as Swansea tried to break the deadlock in a frantic second half.
Reading then had a goal disallowed with 17 minutes remaining as Adam le Fondre handled the ball as he pushed it past Swansea's Dutch 'keeper Michel Vorm.
The first half featured few clear cut chances as Reading were able to shackle the threat of the Premier League's top scorer Michu, who has been a sensation for Swansea since signing for just two million pounds in the summer from Rayo Vallecano having already scored 13 goals.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup looked on in frustration as he saw his side create six shots at goal with none of them hitting the target.
Russian international Pavel Pogrebnyak was Reading's greatest threat as the former Fulham, Stuttgart and Zenit Saint Petersburg striker was a constant menace but almost found himself sent-off for a rash tackle on Swansea captain Ashley Williams after 57 minutes.
However neither team were able to find the breakthrough during the final exchanges and Reading will look to get back on a winning track at home to West Ham and Swansea are away again at lowly Fulham.