Alejandro Alfaro scored from the spot five minutes from time to snatch Tenerife a 1-1 draw away to fellow strugglers Malaga and give their chances of Primera Division survival a boost with nine rounds of the championship still remaining.
After an entertaining first half in which Tenerife missed a host of excellent chances to take the lead, Malaga began to dominate and looked set for victory when Apono bagged the opener after 66 minutes.
But the visitors refused to lie down and Nino won a penalty with five minutes left, which also saw Malaga defender Patrick Mtiliga sent off for bringing down the Tenerife striker.
Alfaro slotted home from the spot and the game ended with honours even, which will not have been an altogether satisfactory conclusion for either side.
Tenerife began the day in the bottom three, but the Canary Islanders were only two points adrift of 17th-placed Zaragoza and a win in this game could have seen them move out of the drop zone.
Previous form suggested that was unlikely, however, with Jose Luis Oltras men having failed to win away from home all season.
Tenerife lost at Xerez in their last away outing and came into this clash with the worst away record in the whole division.
Malaga were only six points better off at the start of play, but the Andalusians' recent form has been inconsistent.
They were expected to win this game, but Tenerife started well.
Nino almost got on the end of a Juanlu Hens cross after 10 minutes and was denied by Malaga goalkeeper Gustavo Munuia shortly afterwards.
Mtiliga then got in a crucial block to deny Alfaro and Pablo Sicilia crashed a powerful header against the crossbar as the visitors continued to impress.
Felipe Caicedo headed a decent opportunity over the bar for Malaga at the other end, but Tenerife finished the half stronger with Nino coming close again.
The Canary Islanders had dominated the first half, but Malaga came out stronger in the second period.
Apono came close and Caicedo hit the post as the locals pressured. And that pressure finally paid off as Apono headed home Manolo Gaspars' cross from close-range to give Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz's side the lead after 66 minutes.
Tenerife had paid the price for missing a host of chances in the first half and they had only themselves to blame.
But they refused to give in and won a penalty five minutes from time, when Mtiliga brought down Nino, who had looked certain to score.
The Danish defender received his marching orders and Alfaro made no mistake from the spot to give the visitors a share of the spoils.
Tenerife remain in the bottom three, but will have been heartened by a rare point away from home, while Malaga remain in the relegation picture and will have been frustrated to concede two points after taking the lead in this match.