Jamille Matt’s late header denied struggling Stevenage a first Sky Bet League Two away win of the season as Newport earned a 1-1 draw.
Emmanuel Sonupe’s early goal looked like it was going to be enough to secure victory for Mark Sampson’s side.
But Matt snatched a share of the points at the death to end their four-match losing streak in the league.
Mike Flynn’s side were their own worst enemies as they gifted Stevenage the lead after 12 minutes.
Josh Sheehan hesitated on the ball deep in his own half before being robbed by Sonupe, who drove into the box before calmly side-footing the ball into the bottom corner.
County had a raft of chances to equalise before half-time with Padraig Amond going closest, but they could not find a way past Stevenage goalkeeper Paul Farman.
Mickey Demetriou made a crucial intervention to slide in on Elliot List after another Sonupe breakaway on his first start since returning from a broken leg.
And with the clock ticking down, Matt rose highest to head in George Nurse’s whipped cross to secure a point.