An own goal from Stoke captain James Chester earned struggling Nottingham Forest an important league point after a 1-1 draw on a foggy night at Bet365 stadium.
Jordan Thompson rounded off the hosts from a corner in the first half, but his effort was wiped out in the second when Chester crossed his own net.
Forest had the best of late chances but wasted in front of goal with the teams sharing the loot.
Both teams had won just one of their last five games with the Potters knowing a win could put them back in the play-offs.
It was the humble visitors who started off the brightest as Joe Worrall peeked around the corner after 15 minutes.
It sparked Stoke in life as Sam Vokes’ return saw a backhanded effort by goalkeeper Brice Samba, before the home side got the lead thanks to a bizarre goal.
Thompson’s inswinging corner was not attacked by Lewis Grabban at the near post, the ball hitting Samba and snuggling into the net to the amazement of Forest defenders.
Both teams put together good points in the first half, but the forwards did little to disturb the respective goalkeepers in the first 45 minutes.
Joe Allen, who was making his first start of the campaign, put a strain on the crossbar after 52 minutes, but the first big chance of the half went to the visitors.
Full-back Cyrus Christie stepped in from the left and saw his 20-yard shot curl up narrowly beside Joe Bursik’s right post.
Then 25 minutes from time, the game saw Chris Hughton’s men equalize.
Stoke failed to clear a corner properly and Anthony Knockaert’s inviting cross was met by the header of the skipper of Stoke Chester, who put in his own net.
Heavy fog then descended on the Bet365 stadium with 20 minutes remaining but, despite the difficult visibility, both sides set off in search of a winner.
Substitute Lyle Taylor missed a chance 10 minutes later, when he returned a Joe Lolley cross, before Michael O’Neill’s side had to thank Bursik for winning them a point in the death.
John Obi Mikel’s stray pass got Cafu up against the goalkeeper, but the England U21 international did enough to thwart Forest’s man.