Danny Kedwell's retaken penalty, his third spot-kick of the season, earned Gillingham a draw with Port Vale.
The visitors fired a warning shot when Adam Yates nodded across goal for Tom Pope, whose header hit the bar.
Pope then turned provider for Vale's opener when he flicked on a long ball to Marc Richards, who tapped home.
The Gills equalised when Rob Taylor brought down Frank Nouble and, although Kedwell's first effort was saved by Stuart Tomlinson, a retake was ordered.
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Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:
"I can't ask for anything more from my players today, apart from the goal where we switched off from a free-kick.
"In the first 45 minutes we were terrific but went in 1-0 down. Sometimes you don't get what you deserve. When we got into the final third that final touch needed to be better at times but that's me nit picking.
"As a team we need to think about clean sheets, and we need to think about taking our opportunities. If we hadn't got anything out of the game it would have been a travesty."
Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:
"It was probably a fair result but we're disappointed because a disputed twice-taken penalty has cost us the three points.
"The linesperson said Stuart Tomlinson wasn't on his line but, before a penalty is taken, the referee should ensure that the goalkeeper's on the line.
"If you make decisions like that, you're going to have every penalty taken again."