Lowly Newport are on the brink of Blue Square Bet Premier safety after delivering a blow to York's play-off hopes with a hard-earned draw.
County took the lead through Cardiff City loanee Nat Jarvis in the fourth minute, his close-range header.
Jason Walker equalised in the 59th minute to give the hosts hope of securing a much-needed win.
But York dropped a place to six in the play-off battle as Kidderminster hammered Kettering 6-1.
Newport's first chance to earn the point they need to stay in the league comes when they host Darlington on Tuesday.
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York City manager Gary Mills told BBC Radio York:
"They're working hard because they need points and they are well organised.
"If we didn't sort ourselves out in the second half, Newport would have gone home with three points today. We were second best in the first half, it had to change.
"We had to show what we're about and why we're in a play-off position. I'm happy to have a good point, but in the second half perhaps we could maybe have won the game."