Forward Mark Beck came off the bench to score a late equaliser and secure a point for Carlisle against MK Dons.
The 19-year-old forced Dave Symington's left-wing corner home at the far post five minutes after replacing Rory Loy.
The Dons had gone ahead nine minutes before the break when defender Adam Chicksen cut inside to fire past keeper Mark Gillespie.
The visitors are now without a win in their last six games and a distant 13 points off the play-off places.
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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"You're not going to come to Carlisle and have it easy and I thought we rode the storm well.
"After the first half, we should have been out of sight - when we're playing well we're not putting teams to the sword.
"We're all disappointed with the fact we've only got a point, things just don't seem to be going our way.
"We've been dealt very hard cards and we've got to make sure we play them in the best way possible."