BURY bounced back from a 4-0 drubbing at Chesterfield last weekend to more than hold their own against another promotion-chasing side.
David Flitcroft made five changes to the team outplayed by the Spireites, handing debuts to Pablo Mills and Jim McNulty, who played alongside Ipswich loanee Frederic Veseli in a new-look three-man defence.
And the experienced pair did not disappoint, guiding the Shakers to a deserved clean sheet against Gary Rowett's third-placed side.
Bury did weather a few difficult periods, mainly in the first half, when Albion striker Billy Kee’s powerful header forced Shakers stopper Brian Jensen into an instinctive save.
Jensen also saw three shots fly past his post, from Zeli Ismail and two efforts late in the half from striker Adam McGurk and then winger Jimmy Phillips.
The home side looked more and more comfortable, however, as the second half progressed.
Anton Forrester could have shown more composure with a wild shot after being put through, while his strike partner Daniel Nardiello grew into the game in the closing stages.
After seeing one cross-shot put behind following a surge into the box he looked destined to earn a valuable three points for Bury late in the game.
The goal opened up for the on-loan Rotherham forward following a promising run at the heart of the Burton defence, but a last-ditch tackle from full-back Rob Edwards meant both sides were forced to settle for a deserved point.
The draw leaves Bury in 19th place in the table, two points above the drop zone.