Brighton manager Gus Poyet refused to blame Casper Ankergren despite the goalkeeper's injury-time error gifting Nottingham Forest the equaliser as the match ended 2-2 at the City Ground.
Forest were chasing a club record-equalling seventh straight win but it looked like manager Billy Davies would taste defeat for the first time in eight games when Will Buckley put the visitors back in front with five minutes remaining.
However, Ankergren, excellent until this point, allowed Henri Lansbury's shot to squirm beneath his body and the npower Championship play-off rivals shared the points.
Poyet though had sympathy for the goalkeeper and said: "To begin with I thought the shot must have taken a deflection but when I've seen it again I nearly killed myself!
"When you are a keeper you pay the price and Casper has done that today. He was having a very, very good game, making two or three good saves, coming for crosses and kicking very well. And in training he will save a 1,000 shots like that but we wanted him to save it today.
"Goalkeeper is a terrible position to play but we lose together and we win together - at least we got a point. At half-time we didn't look like getting that because we were very poor in the first half. I wasn't happy but we were much better in the second half and had a very good chance to win the game ... and almost did."
Davies said: "We got a break at the end with the second goal but we needed it in the first half when we were so much on top. Had it been a boxing match it would have been stopped. If we had gone in one or two goals up it wouldn't have flattered us but even though we were frustrated we kept driving on to the end.
"This team has many qualities but there is a great spirit in there and they were determined to get a result out of it. Even when we had got it to 2-2 we were still trying to win the game.
"We've not got the win we were looking for but we have put ourselves in a good position considering I was being asked to save the club from relegation when we came in.
"There have been a lot of strange results this weekend and they will continue in the coming weeks because that's what happens at this stage of a season."