Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Nottingham Forest 1.
Nottingham Forest claimed a precious point at Middlesbrough thanks to Darius Henderson's 80th-minute leveller.
Billy Davies's men had picked up just one point from their previous four games and looked set to suffer a fourth successive defeat when Mustapha Carayol put Middlesbrough ahead just after the break.
Henderson hit back for Forest, finishing off at the second attempt after Andy Reid had provided the cross.
Forest remain in the play-off spots.
The goal also ended Middlesbrough's run of 11 hours and 54 minutes without conceding a goal at the Riverside Stadium.
They will be kicking themselves, though, as Carayol wasted a decent chance to double their lead after being sent through by Grant Leadbitter.
Henderson equalised, but Middlesbrough claimed the striker had handled the ball, before putting it into the net.
However, the hosts nearly scored a winner as Kei Kamara's flick eventually found its way to Danny Graham - but from just six yards, the striker's effort cannoned back off a post.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka on Darius Henderson's equaliser:
"I think it was handball, for sure. You could see from the reaction of my players that they thought it was.
"These are not players who would normally chase the referee to complain and if they thought it was handball, then 100% I believe them.
"We haven't played well but we had two or three good chances to win this game against a very good side who are in the play-off places."
Nottingham Forest assistant manager David Kelly:
"We are disappointed a bit. We could've come in at half-time a few goals up and I thought we showed great spirit to come back into it after going behind.
"Given the way we played over the 90 minutes, I thought a point was the least we deserved."
- 11LedesmaSubstituted forWhiteheadat 62'minutes
- 10TomlinSubstituted forAdomahat 36'minutes
- 19CarayolSubstituted forKamaraat 83'minutes
- 12MackieBooked at 28mins
- 31CoxSubstituted forDerbyshireat 78'minutes
- 21PatersonSubstituted forReidat 71'minutes
- 39AbdounSubstituted forHendersonat 78'minutes
- 29de Vries
- Roger East
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Nottingham Forest 1.
Attempt missed. Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Andy Reid.
Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Derbyshire.
Attempt blocked. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Darius Henderson.
Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).
Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.
Attempt saved. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.
Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).
Attempt missed. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Friend following a set piece situation.
Attempt blocked. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Kei Kamara with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).
Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kei Kamara replaces Mustapha Carayol.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Karl Darlow tries a through ball, but Darius Henderson is caught offside.