Norwich finally put their nightmare run of five away defeats behind them with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Grimsby, Zema Abbey putting them ahead before John Oster rescued a point for the home side.
Mariners manager Paul Groves recalled Darren Barnard, Stacy Coldicott and Steve Livingstone, who were all rested for the superb 3-1 victory at Derby on Boxing Day.
Norwich boss Nigel Worthington was without defender Darren Kenton, who has a hamstring injury, but made his attacking intentions clear with David Nielsen, Abbey and Ian Henderson all starting up front.
The home side started brightly and Coldicott saw a shot from 25 yards go wide. Norwich soon stepped up the pressure, but the Mariners created the next clear-cut chance, Groves heading a cross from John McDermott against the bar.
Livingstone made his presence felt in the 17th minute, his on-target volley blocked by Craig Fleming, and Groves saw his header from 18 yards caught by Robert Green in the Norwich goal.
Grimsby were creating all the chances and Darren Mansaram went close on 25 minutes, forcing a fantastic save from Green with a left-footed shot from 25 yards out.
Green was again called into action to deal with shots from Groves and Barnard, while Norwich were restricted to long-range efforts from Chris Llewellyn and Nielsen.
On the half hour, Henderson was booked for diving as he tried to latch onto Nielsen's through-ball in the box ahead of the advancing Danny Coyne.
Grimsby keeper Coyne was called into action for the first time in the 40th minute, catching a right-foot volley from Henderson, and dealt well with a header from Abbey two minutes later.
The home side began the second half as they finished the first, as Green was forced into tipping over a corner from Oster.
It was Norwich who took the lead however in the 51st minute, against the run of play. Green sent a long kick forward and Abbey latched onto the ball, taking it past the Grimsby defence before finishing well from 10 yards.
Norwich began to get a grip on the game and Philip Mulryne sent a left-foot shot wide after good build-up play from the visitors.
Groves had a chance to equalise in the 70th minute but his 18-yard volley was saved by Green, while Mansaram's 18-yard shot was blocked by Malky Mackay.
Grimsby got the equaliser they deserved in the 77th minute, Oster finally beating Green with a shot that flew into the top-right of the goal after a fine solo run.