Neal Maupay broke Crystal Palace hearts with a last-minute equalizer against Crystal Palace to secure a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.
Wilfried Zaha put the hosts on the spot ahead with his eighth goal against the Seagulls and Jordan Ayex inexplicably missed a golden opportunity to double his lead.
However, when the Eagles failed to handle a routine clearance over it, it allowed Maupay to squeeze in on goal and he delightfully lobed Vicente Guaita.
The visitors were fortunate enough to climb to the top of the Premier League table with a victory, but although they failed to secure all three points, it was Patrick Vieira who knelt down when the result was confirmed.
Brighton remains in sixth place and just one point behind leaders Liverpool, with a home game against Arsenal live on talkSPORT this Saturday afternoon to prepare for.
For Palace the blow will be felt like a loss and they will face Leicester at Selhurst less than 24 hours after their bitter rivals.
The first goal of the game came from a crisp tackle from Joel Ward and the impressive Conor Gallagher first made the difference, producing an incisive drive in the area where Trossard fouled to leave referee Andre Marriner with little choice but to point to the spot.
This allowed Zaha to celebrate her 400th appearance for the club with a goal, her eighth against the Seagulls, after sending Sanchez the wrong way to make sure there weren’t any red faces in the camp. Eagles after replacing usual taker Luka Milivojevic.
Steven Alzate was introduced to the visitors at the break and Potter’s team came out with better intention as Lewis Dunk forced Guaita to tip his head back. Lallana also saw an effort blocked but the home side regained the initiative.
Gallagher was the architect of the last change of momentum with relentless pressure too much for the South Coast team, which appeared to be running on empty with substitute Alzate and Welbeck forced to injure themselves.
Palace had made changes at this point as well and Edward’s replacement Christian Benteke put the game on a plate for Jordan Ayew with 14 minutes left but the Ghanaian has the side foot with only Sanchez to beat to extend his goal drought at 35 games.
This would prove to be a crucial failure as soon after Shane Duffy headed straight for Guaita on Gross’s free kick, another opportunity was created by the German and this one was over.
As time ticked by in the 95th minute, Gross stepped forward for Maupay, who had run away from his markers, and produced a clinical finish on the Palace Guardian to spark crazy scenes among the itinerant worshipers.
Referee Marriner blew full-time right after kick-off and James McArthur and Brighton goalkeeper Sanchez came to blows before Seagulls captain Dunk was insulted by home fans in the Holmesdale stand as ‘he was leaving the field.
It produced some ugly scenes, but in the end the two had to think about what could have happened with the visitors missing the chance to reach the top as Palace’s momentum under Vieira slackened.