Proud York manager Gary Mills felt a point was the least his team deserved after they came from two goals down to earn a point at second-placed Vale.
Mills' team controlled much of the game to show why they have been beaten just once in nine league away games this season. Alex Rodman, on loan from Aldershot, scored his first goal for the club before Jamie Reed bagged an equaliser two minutes from time to earn a dramatic point.
"To go in 2-0 down at half-time was a travesty, but we've got character in abundance and I told the players they could still win it, never mind draw. We couldn't quite win, but I'm very proud of my lads because they kept going, didn't panic and continued to play good football to get back into the game," he said.
"In the first-half we passed the ball well and controlled a lot of the play, but we needed more of a cutting edge in the final third. We found that in the second-half and scored two good goals."
Mills added: "I was pleased for Alex. I know what he's capable of and it was a great finish. Reidy has looked sharp in training and I thought it was time to start him. He didn't let me down. But I don't really want to single anyone out for praise because it was a team performance and I was delighted with all of them."
York were the better side in the opening stages but Ryan Burge slammed in his first goal in the Football League from eight yards before Jennison Myrie-Williams scored from the spot.
The visitors took charge again from the start of the second period and deservedly reduced the arrears in the 67th minute when the elusive Reed made no mistake to level with a low finish before he prodded home from point-blank range.
Vale came to life in stoppage time when Louis Dodds had an effort cleared off the line, but home manager Micky Adams had no complaints about the result. Adams said: "It's disappointing to lose a two-goal lead, but I thought York were excellent from start to finish and we will take the point and move on.
"We struggled to get hold of the ball throughout and when we did get it we gave it away cheaply. It wasn't a good performance. I've got a few players who are feeling sorry for themselves and need a bit of loving at the moment. I'll have to put my arm around them even though I feel like strangling them.
"We weren't playing well, but good teams who are 2-0 up have what it needs to stay tight and grind out the win. We couldn't do that because we made basic errors which allowed York to score their first goal. But we shouldn't get down about anything. I knew York were a good side and they've gone out there and shown it."