Chennai City FC rode on a late strike from Antony Beautin to hold defending champions Aizawl FC 1-1 in an I-League clash here on Saturday.
Beautin struck in the 73rd minute to help the hosts earn a much needed point.
Japanese import Yugo Kobayashi handed Aizwl an early lead when he produced an excellent finish from close range in the third minute.
Chennai thus rose a spot to second from bottom in the 10-team league ladder with 11 points from 13 matches.
Aizawl remain sixth with 16 points from 11 matches.
The defending champions dominated proceedings right from the start and should have won the game.
The Chennai defenders struggled to contain the Aizawl forwards for the most part but were aided by some poor finishing and some aimless final passes by their opponents.