Tom Eastman grabbed a late equaliser to earn Colchester a point at Bournemouth.
The Cherries' opener came when Scott Malone chipped through to Scott MacDonald, who calmly slotted home his first league goal for the club.
Bournemouth could have settled it when Mark Cousins fumbled Marc Pugh's corner but Malone struck the follow-up effort against the post.
The U's made them pay when Eastman turned home Michael Rose's cross to secure a point for the visitors.
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Bournemouth caretaker manager Paul Groves told BBC Radio Solent:
"The disappointing thing is that you want to give the home fans something to get behind.
"You want to force the game and play with energy and put them on the back foot but we weren't able to do that and that's something we have to look at.
"We didn't take the limited opportunities that we had and that makes it a difficult afternoon in the end."
Colchester United manager John Ward told BBC Essex:
"There's a player [Zavon Hines] in an offside position, he's two yards ahead of my back four. He goes to play the ball, he leaves it because there's another player who's not offside who comes into that position.
"The bottom line is he's in the penalty box area and he's in an offside position, and we're looking for a flag that didn't come.
"The rules can be shifted around to make sure that is the correct decision. There's nothing we can do about it, we can't chalk it off.
"I can't talk about anything else other than the fact that my team did well to recover from that."