Match ends, Stevenage 1, Preston North End 1.
Stevenage snatched a vital point in their battle for survival in League One as they held promotion-chasers Preston.
Tom Clarke put the visitors ahead by stabbing in Jack King's free-kick after it was knocked down by Kevin Davies.
Preston kept their lead into the final minutes but Stevenage's Jimmy Smith drove through a busy box and past Declan Rudd to equalise.
Darius Charles then shot wide of the post and saw a long-range effort well saved as the Boro threatened to win it.
The result leaves Preston six points behind second-placed Leyton Orient in the race for automatic promotion, whilst Stevenage climb out of the relegation zone at Tranmere's expense.
Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"The top six sides are where they are for a reason. I thought we played the first half a little bit in awe, maybe of some of their reputations.
"It took us half the game to get going, in the first half we didn't show a lot of composure. It was a bit haphazard.
"I thought we deserved something out of the game. Tonight we weren't prepared to be edged out.
"We found that little bit extra, we could easily have won the game."
- 34DeaconSubstituted forReidat 84'minutes
- 4DembeleBooked at 15mins
- 20SmithBooked at 90mins
- 13ParrettSubstituted forDoughtyat 68'minutes
- 3LairdBooked at 90mins
- 7HumphreySubstituted forWisemanat 82'minutes
- 9DaviesSubstituted forDaviesat 82'minutes
- 12GallagherSubstituted forBrownhillat 76'minutes
- Andy D'Urso
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Preston North End 1.
Hand ball by Craig Davies (Preston North End).
Attempt saved. Darius Charles (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Tom Clarke.
Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).
Goal! Stevenage 1, Preston North End 1. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.
Scott Laird (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.
Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).
Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Stevenage. Craig Reid replaces Roarie Deacon because of an injury.
Substitution, Preston North End. Craig Davies replaces Kevin Davies.
Substitution, Preston North End. Scott Wiseman replaces Chris Humphrey.
Attempt blocked. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Bira Dembele (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).
Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces Paul Gallagher.
Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.