Conner Robinson scored a last-minute equaliser to earn Lincoln a point from their trip to Gateshead.
Jamie Taylor had a shot saved by home keeper Adam Bartlett, and Alan Power saw his effort blocked as the Imps went close early on.
But Gateshead took the lead just before the break when James Marwood drilled a shot into the bottom corner.
Lincoln keeper Paul Farman twice denied Yemi Odubade a second and those saves proved crucial when Robinson fired in.
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Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:
"The boys kept going and showed an enormous amount of belief and character.
"It would have been a travesty had we come away with nothing because we played so well. We dominated affairs in terms of possession.
"It was a wonderful strike for the young man, the players have got right behind him."
Gateshead 01 Bartlett 02 Magney 03 Boyle 06 Clark 16 Bush 04 Chandler (Cummins - 83' ) 07 Gillies 08 Turnbull 15 Marwood Booked 10 Odubade (McGorrigan - 69' ) 12 Fisher (Hatch - 83' ) Substitutes 19 Nixon 17 Wilson 11 Cummins 32 McGorrigan 09 Hatch Lincoln City 01 Farman 02 Robson (Robinson - 87' ) 03 Nutter 19 Hutchison 04 Mills 08 Power 12 Sheridan (Oliver - 87' ) 15 Gray 16 Nicolau (Daley - 72' ) 10 Taylor 34 Larkin Substitutes 27 Turner 18 Bore 35 Daley 14 Oliver 39 Robinson
Ref: Peter Banks