Brentford striker Paul Hayes scored his first two goals for the club but two own goals handed managerless Hartlepool a point.
The home side took the lead early on when Hayes fired home from close range.
Pools were level when defender Harlee Dean deflected a cross into his own net, but Hayes headed the Bees back in front just before the hour mark.
Tony Craig looped a header past keeper Simon Moore in the dying moments to hand the visitors a draw.
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Brentford manager Uwe Rosler told BBC London 94.9:
"It was not one of our best performances. We were the better team in the first half with clear-cut chances.
"Leon Legge was very good. They didn't have too many chances in the second half.
"We got control and we got the second goal, but with two minutes to go we have to play into the corners.
"Instead we tried to play the football when we're chasing a result, not when we're defending a result."
Brentford 21 Moore 05 Craig 06 Dean (Legge - 46' ) 14 Logan 24 Bidwell 04 Forshaw Booked (Adeyemi - 84' ) 08 Douglas Booked 20 Diagouraga Booked 09 Donaldson 19 Forrester 23 Hayes (Spencer - 82' ) Substitutes 01 Lee 03 Barron 32 Legge 02 O'Connor 12 Adeyemi 15 Dallas 11 Spencer Hartlepool 01 Flinders 02 Austin 06 Horwood 18 Baldwin 29 Hartley 03 Humphreys (Poole - 59' ) 08 Walton 15 Sweeney 20 Murray Booked (Luscombe - 77' ) 35 Noble Booked 39 Howard Substitutes 31 McHugh 05 Collins 22 Holden 07 Franks 14 Luscombe 19 Richards 10 Poole