Disappointed Port Vale boss Micky Adams admitted his promotion-chasing side were not at their best and bottom-club Aldershot were full value for at least a point following the 1-1 draw.
A goal by Jennison Myrie-Williams in first-half stoppage-time appeared to point Vale towards a fourth win in five games, but Andy Scott's visitors launched a spirited second-half revival.
Paul McCallum cracked a 74th-minute equaliser as he and fellow substitute Michael Rankine roughed up the Vale defence.
Adams said: "It's disappointing, but you've got to give credit to Aldershot because they deserved their point and could have got all three.
"We looked leggy and Aldershot were probably fresher after not playing at the weekend, but it's another point and that adds to the pressure for the teams who are chasing us.
"It's well done to Aldershot and I hope they stay up. They are a terrific club and they came here and had a go. We will move on from this and try our best to win at Rochdale on Saturday. Our record shows we like to attack away from home and we will certainly go for it again.
"I haven't looked at the permutations, but I know the teams who are on our tail have got difficult games at the weekend. We'll keep going and remain positive."
Shots boss Scott said: "We were the better team over the 90 minutes and will be okay if we retain that positivity and mental strength.
"People who have watched that will be going away from here asking themselves 'how on earth are they at the bottom of the league?' It's a good point, but in some ways we are disappointed not to get the win.
He added: "The spirit in the group has grown stronger and stronger and that togetherness is what can see us through. You can have all the ability in the world, but you won't get anywhere if you don't have belief and spirit."