Peterhead boss Jim McInally was left to rue missed chances as they drew 1-1 with Albion Rovers at Balmoor.
The two dropped points by the Blue Toon allowed Clyde to cut the gap at the top of League Two to four points after they won 2-1 against Edinburgh City.
Jack Leitch’s shot was deflected in by Gary Phillips shortly after the hour to put the Buchan side ahead.
Rovers keeper Peter Morrison made fine saves to thwart Leitch and Jason Brown and a Shane Sutherland effort was headed off the line.
With Peterhead unable to get a second, the Coatbridge side had encouragement they could claim something in their fight to avoid finishing bottom of the division.
And they equalised in stoppage time through Smart Osadolor’s volley.
McInally said: “In the first half without really having a shot at goal we controlled the game quite well against a strong wind.
“I thought in the second half we started it really well. Their goalkeeper had three or four brilliant saves and a defender made a goal-line clearance.
“You thought it might be one of those days where we wouldn’t score but we did.
“Then they missed a chance shortly after we scored and you couldn’t really see a goal coming.
“But we conceded a free-kick in injury-time which was cleared and then it was a long throw-in that was headed out and Osadolor had a great volley from the edge of the box.
“We’ve got away with it at times this season hanging on to a one-goal lead.
“But it will always come back and bite you at some point if you don’t get a second goal. Of course it’s frustrating for me.
“We can’t do anything about the goalkeeper’s saves because they were good saves.
“But we should have seen the game out and that’s two weeks in a row where we haven’t.
“That has been a strength of ours this season, seeing games out.
“It came back to bite us, but we need to move on. we can’t dwell on it.”
On Saturday Peterhead visit Elgin before facing Stirling Albion at home and Queen’s Park at Hampden.
With a four-point buffer, two wins will be enough to seal the title.
McInally added: “I don’t think anybody was getting ahead of themselves, but Saturday’s draw maybe will refocus us.
“I think at this stage of the season nerves do play a part, but the players have to stand up and be counted.
“We know we need to win two of our last three games and if we do there’s nothing anybody else can do about it.”
One plus point for McInally was the performance of centre-back Brown. He had come in for criticism after giving away a needless penalty in last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Clyde.
McInally said: “Jason was really good and did really well.
“He showed a lot of character after what happened to him last week so that was pleasing for me to see.
“We defended the game really well. It’s at the other end where we’re not seeing the games out.
“We take our medicine and move on.
“We have a game next week at Elgin where we’ll have a big support behind us and we have to look forward to that now.”