Chesterfield caretaker manager Tommy Wright admitted he was disappointed despite extending his unbeaten run to seven matches in an open game against Torquay at the Proact Stadium.
Wright looked on course for a fourth home win when Tendayi Darikwa scored his first Chesterfield goal but a mistake allowed Rene Howe to equalise shortly after in a 1-1 draw.
"It was a game we should have won with the chances we had and the position we had," Wright said. "I thought we played well in the second half but then we made a silly mistake.
"But I thought we came back and had one or two chances to win it. Once we got in front I thought we would go on and win it and to conceed was disappointing. It's better than getting beat and they are a difficult team to play against but there are things we have to improve on, I know that, but overall I thought we were the better team.
"So I'm disappointed with the result but the second half performance I was pleased with."
Torquay manager Martin Ling thought a draw was the right result and said: "It was a fair reflection on the game. I thought for the first 20 minutes we passed it really well but then we went missing for the next 25 minutes and they got the upper hand.
"It was a disappointing goal, they scored very easily but I think Tommy (Wright) will be saying the same with their lad slipping over. But it was a fair point and we are always happy with a point away from home. We asked a lot of questions of them and moved the ball well. We talked about passing the ball a bit more and I thought we certainly did that."
Both teams created chances in an open first half but Chesterfield came closest five minutes before half-time when a corner to the back post fell to Jack Lester who headed just wide but the home side went in front in the 48th minute.
Craig Westcarr put Darikwa in on the right and he steered a shot across Michael Poke and inside the far post but Torquay responded three minutes later when a slip by Neal Trotman allowed Howe to beat Richard O'Donnell from 12 yards.
Chesterfield put Torquay under pressure and forced a string of corners but the visitors, with former Chesterfield centre-half Aaron Downes marking his return to the club with a strong performance, held out for a hard-earned point.