Peterhead defender Cammy Eadie knew Queen’s Park’s threat would come from set-pieces, which was why he was disappointed the Blue Toon conceded from a corner in their opening day draw.
Scott Gibson headed the Spiders ahead early on but Jim McInally’s men replied through Rory McAllister’s goal midway through the first half.
From there, the contest was cagey with few chances created as both sides deservedly picked up a point.
Eadie said: “It was a poor start to the season.
“We realise teams are going to come up here and not try to attack us.
“We knew from the start that Queen’s Park were going to try to take advantage of set-pieces.
“We needed to deal with that better because there was a free man at the back post.”
Eadie and Jason Brown were paired in central defence, with Callum Home also part of an inexperienced back four.
Newcomers Mick Dunlop and Paddy Boyle have yet to feature for the Blue Toon but Eadie thinks their knowhow will help shore up the backline.
Eadie added: “We have Jamie Stevenson in there just now but he is not a defender, although he has a mature head on him.
“I thought in general we defended not too badly. We could have done better but when Mick and Paddy do come back in, they will bring experience and we can build from there.
“Jason and I started a bit deep in the first half so maybe a player with a bit more experience in that situation would have kept us higher up the pitch.”
Gibson was completely unmarked when he gave Queen’s Park a seventh-minute lead at Balmoor.
Jamie McKernon’s delivery found its way to the far post and Gibson guided his effort inside the opposite corner.
When Smart Osalodor headed wide from another Spiders corner moments later, Peterhead could have been two goals behind but instead they were level in the 25th minute.
Stevenson’s 22-yard shot was not well dealt with by Jordan Hart, who pushed the ball into the path of McAllister and the forward stroked in the rebound.
Both teams looked as if they were feeling their way into the new campaign with Peterhead’s three-pronged attack of McAllister, Derek Lyle and Russell McLean struggling for service.
Peterhead goalkeeper Greg Fleming almost cost his side a point when his misplaced fell to Kurtis Roberts but his lobbed effort from an angle went wide of an unguarded goal.