Tottenham came from two goals down to claim a Boxing Day point after a 2-2 draw in the London derby with in-form Charlton.
Jason Euell's brace threatened to dent Spurs' record of just one defeat at White Hart Lane all season.
But goals from Robbie Keane and Steffen Iversen in the final quarter of the contest allowed Glenn Hoddle's 10-man team a share of the spoils.
Until Hoddle's second-half tinkerings, however, it looked likely that Charlton would win a frenzied encounter and claim a fifth win in seven Premiership matches - as it is they remain unbeaten in that period.
It had all looked so promising in the early stages for Spurs, though, and they might have been in front within 30 seconds through Keane.
Exploiting the space on the right side of Charlton's three central defenders, Keane cut inside the penalty area and to the by-line, flooring Gary Rowett with his fleet of foot only for Dean Kiely to smother at point-blank range as the Irish striker shaped to shoot in the six-yard box.
Kiely was forced into a second save in the third minute as Darren Anderton curled a free-kick low to his left after Scott Parker was adjudged to have fouled Gustavo Poyet.
Yet it was the visitors who took a 13th-minute lead through Euell, recalled after a one-match suspension.
Chris Perry attempted to cut out Parker's through ball but miscued allowing Kevin Lisbie to gallop deep into Tottenham territory and he squared across the area for Euell - 12 yards out - to drive in his sixth goal of the campaign left footed.
Charlton went close to doubling their advantage just after the quarter-hour when a loose ball ran to Parker in the area and his shot from an acute angle was met with a brilliant save, diving to his left, by Kasey Keller.
The visitors looked threatening each time they ventured forward and without Dean Richards (Achilles) at the back, Perry and Ledley King struggled to keep Lisbie and Shaun Bartlett in check.
Lisbie wasted a good chance moments later when Rowett's lofted free-kick offered the Jamaican international a free header, which he spooned over the top.
Such was Charlton's stranglehold, in fact, that Spurs boss Hoddle appeared on the touchline midway through the half, bellowing instructions and reverting his team to a 3-5-2 formation, having started with a flat back four.
That stemmed the flow of attacks by the visitors but Bartlett went close with a header from a Chris Powell cross, which Keller held below his crossbar.
Keane, Spurs' best player in the opening 45 minutes, forced Kiely into a fine parry at the other end seven minutes before the break, firing through Rufus' legs from outside the area.
After their indifferent first-period showing Hoddle sent on Simon Davies for Anderton at the start of the second.
Welsh midfielder Davies scored in Monday night's 3-2 away victory at Manchester City but Poyet was preferred as the hosts attempted to build on a run of five unbeaten matches themselves.
Yet it was another midfielder, Charlton's Euell, who made the impact on the resumption as Tottenham went two goals behind.
They had been given warning seconds earlier when Jensen's audacious lob was held high above his head by Keller, when Euell was sent racing clear by Lisbie in the 48th minute.
Keller blocked his initial effort but Euell kept his cool and eye on the ball as it spun off the goalkeeper's prostrate body to sidefoot into the unguarded net.
Euell's second left Spurs, beaten only once on home turf all season, chasing the game.
And their most likely source of doing that appeared to be from Christian Ziege's left foot.
The German's deep cross from the left touchline saw Sheringham volley into the side netting before an inswinging corner led to Poyet heading just too high.
No doubt, encouraged by those deliveries into the area, Hoddle sprang another tactical switch on the hour with Steffen Freund and captain Teddy Sheringham - who surprisingly played following a knee injury - sacrificed for the aerial ability of Les Ferdinand and Iversen.
Goran Bunjevcevic took over the defensive midfield role vacated by Freund and the hosts switched back to four at the back with Keane playing alongside the two new frontmen.
And Spurs halved the deficit within seven minutes as Iversen nodded down Ziege's long ball for Keane to lash a volley past international colleague Kiely.
Buoyed by Keane's goal, Tottenham pressed for the equaliser and Ziege stung Kiely's palms with a fierce right-foot drive after cutting in from the left.
Ziege was finding room down that side of the field but his next effort lacked power and Kiely gathered comfortably.
Two of the substitutes, though, combined for the equaliser four minutes from time as Davies' deep ball reached the back post and Iversen climbed above Luke Young to nod across Kiely and inside the far post.
That threatened a remarkable turnaround and it would have been complete but for a spectacular goal-line clearance from Richard Rufus to avert Iversen's last-minute bicycle kick.
But Tottenham were stopped in their tracks in injury-time as Ziege was dismissed for a second yellow card, after hauling down Young.
Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle was exasperated after watching Christian Ziege's second sending-off in a week.
Having been booked for a foul on Kevin Lisbie, Ziege was sent off when referee
Andy D'Urso adjudged he had brought down Scott Parker. That followed his two yellow cards against Manchester City on Monday.
'It was very harsh,' said Hoddle. 'I have since spoken to Scott Parker and
he said he didn't touch him.'
The only way Ziege can escape a three-match ban, however, is if official
D'Urso chooses to review his decision.
'Christian is distraught for it to happen twice in a week, it is not as
though he is going over the top of tackles,' said Hoddle. 'Yet it is still two
'A lot of managers have been saying for a long time that we need a change
which is so easy to be made.
'Why not play the rugby rule so the referee can consult his linesman?
'Today the linesman had a fantastic view of it and referees need to take
'We are asking for split-second decisions and from that level it is difficult
to make decisions so consulting would allow him an extra 10 seconds thinking
Addicks boss Alan Curbishley was far from disappointed, despite his side's failure to secure three points after going 2-0 ahead.
'When you look at a team that's 2-0 up the fans expect you to win but we were
playing a decent side,' said Curbishley, who are now unbeaten in seven
'I looked at the back of the programme before the game and Glenn Hoddle has a
'Even at 2-0 I didn't think the game was over and it was hard work in the
last 10 or 15 minutes.
'But we scared the life out of Spurs for an hour.'
Hoddle admitted to suffering from mixed emotions after his side's stirring
'At half-time I would have said a point was a good point but the way we
changed it and turned it around we were disappointed not to get all three.'