A last-minute goal by Juho Makela rescued a point for Sydney FC as they drew 1-1 with Melbourne Victory at Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday.
Daniel Allsopp had put Victory ahead seven minutes into the second half when he raced onto a delightful pass from Carlos Hernandez before unleashing a first-time shot that took a deflection on its way into the net.
The hosts pushed for an equaliser and peppered their opponents goal before finally snatching an equaliser in the 91st minute when Makela sidefooted home.
The draw keeps Sydney in the hunt for a play-off place as the defending champions lie six points behind Newcastle Jets, who occupy sixth place in the A-League.
"My feelings are mixed,'' said Sydney coach Vitezslav Lavicka. "I think both teams played a very good game. We had a great first half, good effort, good quality, we created chances but we didn't score the goal.
"The second half we started a bit shaky and Victory punished us after a good counter. We made a couple of substitutions and changed the system for the last 10 minutes and equalised. But as I said before, my feelings are mixed.''
In the day's other game, substitute Alex Terra's acrobatic goal earned Melbourne Heart a 1-1 draw at Perth Glory.
Todd Howarth had given the hosts the lead after 34 minutes but Terra earned his side a point when the Brazilian scored with a bicycle kick 19 minutes from time.