Tom Pope scored a late equaliser to earn Port Vale a draw with Hereford.
In a first half of few chances, Steven Leslie was denied by home goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson and Vale's Louis Dodds shot at Bulls keeper Adam Bartlett.
James McQuilkin gave Hereford the lead when he beat Tomlinson from outside the area with a superb effort.
Vale's Gary Roberts fired wide as Hereford neared a first win at Vale Park since 1979, but Pope's close-range header denied them in stoppage time.
Port Vale caretaker manager Mark Grew told BBC Radio Stoke:
"All credit to Hereford, I thought they played some good stuff and were quick on the break.
"I'm delighted and who knows how important that point could be.
"What's happened before has gone, we've got to get back on the training ground to get match-sharp again."
Hereford manager Jamie Pitman told BBC Hereford and Worcester:
"The equaliser was a killer blow because we didn't really see it coming.
"It feels more like a defeat to us than a draw because we were almost home and dry.
"The boys worked really hard and we restricted Vale to very few chances. We also broke with a lot of pace and purpose and I wasn't surprised we got a goal."
Port Vale 12 Tomlinson 02 Yates 05 McCombe 06 Owen (Taylor - 83' ) 15 Collins 04 Griffith Booked 07 Loft 22 Roberts Booked 08 Dodds (Taylor - 78' ) 09 Richards 11 Richards Booked (Pope - 66' ) Substitutes 01 Martin 21 Sutton 03 Taylor 14 Taylor 16 Haldane 18 Morsy 29 Pope Hereford 01 Bartlett 02 Green 05 Townsend 24 Stam 34 Heath 14 McQuilkin Booked 16 Lunt 18 Featherstone 26 Leslie 32 Purdie 07 Fleetwood (Fairhurst - 73' Booked ) Substitutes 25 Hoult 04 Kovacs 06 Rose 08 Stratford 19 Thomas 09 Fairhurst 30 Patulea