Match ends, Preston North End 1, Nottingham Forest 1.
Paul Huntington's long-range strike earned Preston a point as Nottingham Forest drew in the Championship for the first time in 30 matches.
An open game failed to produce a goal until just before the hour when Ben Brereton started and finished a slick move to slot the visitors ahead.
But Preston responded impressively and centre-back Huntington levelled with a fine low strike.
Both sides pushed for a winner but neither could create a telling chance.
Forest's last Championship game without a winner also came against Preston, a 1-1 draw in April last season.
The visitors had to withstand an impressive early barrage, with Jordan Hugill and Huntington both having good chances.
Forest grew in confidence and Kieran Dowell had a strike well saved by Chris Maxwell.
Their improvement was rewarded when Brereton dribbled the ball out of defence and, after great work by Liam Bridcutt and Dowell, coolly finished under Maxwell.
But Huntington struck to keep Preston within a point of the play-off spots prior to Aston Villa's evening kick-off against Sheffield United.
Preston North End manager Alex Neil:
"I thought we played better today than we have in some of our recent wins here, just our quality of ball at times was poor.
"We lacked a bit of incisiveness in the final third. We relied on a centre-back to come and score us a goal.
"For the opportunities we had and the pressure we put on we deserved to win the game."
Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton:
"It was almost like we got the goal and we stopped doing what we do well.
"That's the time we needed to do more and we let them get back into the game.
"But it's a tough place to come, they have some quality players and are well managed so we should be delighted with the point."
- 4PearsonBooked at 86mins
- 12GallagherBooked at 89mins
- 8BrowneSubstituted forHarropat 62'minutes
- 37RobinsonSubstituted forHorganat 59'minutes
- 11OsbornBooked at 68mins
- 7BridcuttBooked at 42mins
- 24VaughanBooked at 31minsSubstituted forBouchalakisat 84'minutes
- 17BreretonBooked at 49minsSubstituted forWardat 62'minutes
- 18CarayolSubstituted forCashat 63'minutes
- Scott Duncan
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Nottingham Forest 1.
Attempt missed. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Gallagher following a set piece situation.
Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest).
Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Huntington with a headed pass.
Attempt missed. Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kieran Dowell with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.
Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).
Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Harrop.
Daryl Horgan (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Forest).
Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).