Preston North End passed up another opportunity to close the gap from the play-off places, drawing 1-1 against struggling Nottingham Forest at Deepdale.
The Lilywhites have drawn three of their past five games, including most recently salvaging a point against Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers.
Forest striker Britt Assombalonga put the visitors ahead midway through the first half, after a jinking run from Zach Clough.
But PNE drew level thanks to the in-form Aiden McGeady striking a well taken shot into the bottom corner after he was teed up by Callum Robinson.
There was early pressure from Preston, when Jordan Hugill picked up a loose ball but his bending effort sailed over the bar inside 15 minutes.
Assombalonga broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute, directing a low effort beyond PNE goalkeeper Chris Maxwell after receiving Clough’s pass.
Simon Grayson’s half-time team talk paid dividends, as Preston found themselves level seven minutes after the restart.
McGeady, who rescued a point with an injury-time equalizer away to Blackburn in PNE’s last match, brought North End level once more, collecting Robinson’s square-pass before unleashing a powerful drive straight past Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith.
PNE tails were up as Robinson arrowed a tame shot straight down Smith’s throat, in what was a very intense second-half affair.
Jamie Ward had a chance to win it in the dying seconds for Forest but he saw his 25-yard free-kick balloon over the bar.
Forest manager Mark Warburton’s side will be pleased with avoiding defeat to Preston, who have not lost at home since suffering a 4-1 thrashing by Leeds United on Boxing Day last year. But North End now find themselves five points behind Sheffield Wednesday in the push for promotion.
PNE: Maxwell, Clarke, Cunningham, Pearson, Boyle (Baptiste, 46), Huntington, Horgan (Robinson, 46), Gallagher (Browne, 84), Barkhuizen, Hugill and McGeady. Subs not used: Lindegaard, Beckford, Spurr and May.
Nottingham Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Pinillos, Cohen, Assombalonga (Vellios, 73), Osborn, Fox, Clough (Cash, 73), Vaughan, Worrall and Brereton (Ward, 62). Subs not used: Evtimov, Mancienne, Tshibola and Carayol.
Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)
Attendance: 12,459 (1,539)