Michael Goode was full of praise for Deeping Rangers’ response after a serious injury and a two-goal deficit.
They were unable to end AFC Kempston Rovers’ run as the Walnut Boys made it 19 games unbeaten and moved to within five points of the Premier Division pace.
There was a long delay in the first half after Rangers winger Jason Kilbride suffered a broken leg.
Seven minutes into time added for that incident, the home side took the lead through former Holbeach United star Ash Fuller.
Dom Marsala doubled the advantage two minutes before the hour mark and Deeping replied through defender Luke Hunnings after 72 minutes.
Rangers boss Goode said: “Kempston are a big, physical side who use their strengths to get a foothold in the game.
“We had chances to go 1-0 up and after Jason’s injury we went through a period where we lacked concentration.
“Then we pulled ourselves together but gave away a sloppy goal.
“We responded well at the start of the second half but conceded again.
“In the last 20 minutes we totally dominated and had a few chances to equalise.
“The response, particularly at 2-0 down, was brilliant.”
Deeping are at home to Harrowby United on Tuesday night in a fixture brought forward from Boxing Day.
Matt Porter has joined Blackstones and Goode hopes to strengthen Deeping’s squad.