Neither Keith Hill's Barnsley nor Gus Poyet's Brighton were able to finish the season on a high in a goalless npower Championship stalemate.
Barnsley, who finished fourth from bottom, gathered enough points during the first half of the campaign to stave off relegation, but the season could not finish quick enough for Hill after a promising start.
Brighton's play-off hopes nosedived last month and they have mustered only one win in their last 10 games to finish nine points adrift of the top six, so it was little wonder neither side was able to light up Oakwell on the final day.
Barnsley had much the better of the second half after an even first period, with teenage substitute John Stones heading Jim O'Brien's stoppage-time free-kick agonisingly wide.
Jordan Clark made his full debut for Barnsley and fellow teenage striker Danny Rose made only his second start for the club, while 17-year-old Stones made his second senior appearance as a second-half replacement for Scott Golbourne.