Bury boss Kevin Blackwell believes his side are on the verge of a breakthrough despite extending their League One winless streak to 12 games following a 1-1 draw with Carlisle at Gigg Lane.

The Shakers were denied victory by an injury-time strike from Joe Garner after dominating the game for large spells. Garner's intervention sealed an unlikely point for the visitors after Zac Thompson had put Bury ahead on his debut.

Blackwell said: "It's just unfortunate. The lads deserved a break but they didn't get it. We could've won maybe two or three games with the chances we had. But overall we've seen a massive change in the performance of the players. That's what I was brought here to do and hopefully we're starting to see that."

Blackwell added: "They were just hanging on there but that's what football is about. They got something out of it rather unjustly but that's life. I have nothing but praise for my players because they were fantastic. I couldn't pick anybody out because they were all fantastic.

"We're very close now because we've been in games we should have won and we're getting in those positions but the last few minutes always seem to hurt us. My record says I know how to win games. I want to get to finals and I want to get to finals with Bury."

After dominating the opening exchanges Bury went in front when Thompson fired home an inch-perfect finish after joining on loan from Leeds the day before. Mark Hughes then wasted a chance to double the lead, heading wide after he had stooped to meet Steven Schumacher's corner.

Tom Hopper was denied a chance to wrap up the win by Mark Gillespie before Garner pounced at the death.

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott added: "We deserved the point and it's a big point because Bury will win games. They'll win games because they're fighting for their lives and playing with intensity.

"It wasn't pretty at times but it was exciting. There was some poor football at times, some edgy football at times, some good football at times but some exciting stuff nevertheless.

"We go away from here having earned a point because they put us under a lot of pressure with their intensity. We're not overjoyed because we wanted to come here and win but on reflection the game has been even at its best and both teams will be happy to go away with a point."