Oxford dominated their Serious Cricket Home Counties Division 1 match at home to Potters Bar, but could not force victory.
However, the 13 points bottom club Oxford gained closed that gap between them and the two clubs above them to just 13 points.
This was another much-improved batting display by Oxford who rattled up 268-9 from their 66 overs.
Stewart Laudat led the way with 84 off 107 balls after they had been put in to bat.
Jamie Perkin and Dan King added useful contributions, while Daniel Pascoe took 6-74 for the visitors.
Potters Bar never looked like getting the runs, once spinners Francois Vainker and Shamilal Mendis exercised a stranglehold on the middle order.
Mendis conceded only 32 runs from 20 overs as the Herts side struggled to 154-4 from 54 overs.
Oxford lost the services of Stefan Van Dyk, who went to hospital after being hit on the arm while fielding.