Promotion-chasing York City battled back from two goals behind to take a share of the spoils at Darlington.
The hosts took the lead against the run of play when Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's cross was poked home by Adam Rundle.
John McReady doubled their lead when he ran at the Minstermen defence before placing a shot past keeper Mike Ingham.
Chris Smith pulled one back for the visitors from a corner before sub Ashley Chambers levelled moments later with a fine low drive.
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Darlington manager Craig Liddle told BBC Tees:
"It outlined everything I said about the players, the desire, the aggression and the commitment was there in abundance.
"They're disappointed in there, but I'm thrilled and delighted with the performance, because, playing against a side as good as York, we gave as good as we got.
"I'm so proud of the players.
York City manager Gary Mills told BBC Radio York:
"We were poor. They were better than us until we went 2-0 down, then we played how we can play and had more urgency about us.
"It was a funny game but we got a point. We got a big big point when you're 2-0 down and we've shown a lot of character to come back.
"We could have won it in the end, so the pleasing thing is we got a point back. We've showed a lot of character to get back into the game."