Latics booed at full-time.
Latics made two changes with Shaun MacDonald and Mikael Mandron coming in for Callum Connolly and Will Grigg, who both dropped to the bench.
The first chance of the game came when Omar Bogle picked up the ball on the left hand side and hit it across goal, only for his effort to go just wide of Jordan Smith’s left hand side.
Eric Licaj then had a chance for Forest, he cut inside into the box and hit an effort with some power, unfortunately for him, he aimed it directly at Gilks.
The best chance of the game came when Mustapha Carayol hit a shot towards the bottom left-hand corner but Gilks was equal to the attempt and made a fantastic diving save.
Wigan looked for a winner in the last seconds when Jamie Hanson put a cross into the box and the returning Alex Gilbey nearly got his head on it but it was not to be.
Finally, the dull game was over but neither side particularly happy with the point.
Wigan stay two points inside the relegation zone as, Bristol City picked up a draw against Newcastle United.
Wigan boss Warren Joyce said:
“We will prepare all week so hopefully we go into it a little fresher than the slog we’ve been on and give it everything they’ve got. I think they’ve done that over a sustained period. You couldn’t fault their effort and endeavour.
Quality sometimes is the thing from tiredness or a slog, or that defiance sometimes when you play and everyone wants to hit a quality final pass or finish. Scoring goals is the hardest thing to do in football, we’ve had plenty of chances and just not taken them.”
Nottingham Forest boss Gary Brazil said:
“I don’t think about how many points we need. I think there’s 12 games to go and we’ll take as many points as we can out of those games. I think there will be an ability for us to get stronger as we go through the season.
“It’s not something I’m considering or thinking about. We will get fitter, stronger, work harder and the points will come for us.”
Wigan: Gilks, Hanson, Burn, Buxton, Warnock, Power (Obertan 58′), MacDonald Morsy, Tunnicliffe, Mandron (Gilbey 58′), Bogle (Grigg 83′).
Unused Subs: Roberts, Connolly, Perkins, Grigg, Weir.
Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Pinillos, Worrall, Fox, Vaughan, Osborn, Clough (Ward 56′), Carayol, Assombalonga, Brereton (McCormack 80′)
Unused Subs: Evtimov, Tshibola, Cohen, Cash, Ahmedhodzic.