Conner Robinson's equaliser earned Lincoln a draw at home to Gateshead.
During a lacklustre first half, the Imps needed to replace Peter Gilbert and Gary Mills because of injuries.
Josh Gillies gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot just after the hour mark after David Preece had fouled Ryan Donaldson in the box.
But two minutes later, Mills's replacement Robinson tucked away Vadaine Oliver's knock-down to equalise and neither side could find a winner.
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Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:
"After two disappointing defeats the players' mindset was a factor in that and I felt in the second half we were the better side.
"But given the circumstances we're in, with lots of injuries that seem to all have come in one go, I have to say well done to the players for the manner they went about it. I'm disappointed not to win but not to lose is key as well.
"After the defeat (by Grimsby) we've really tried to encourage them and motivate the players.
"We wanted to be secure and coming in at 0-0 at half-time I felt we could bring more to the party in the second half and it proved to be the case, but we just couldn't get the winner in the end."
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Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +2:13
Tom Miller challenges James Curtis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Bartlett restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +1:36
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Turnbull on David Morgan. Alan Power delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.89:05 Substitution
Substitution (Lincoln City) makes a substitution, with Jamie Taylor coming on for Colin Larkin.88:30 Booking
Booking Ryan Donaldson receives a caution.81:46
Unfair challenge on Vadaine Oliver by James Curtis results in a free kick. Paul Robson takes the direct free kick.81:26
Foul by Alan Power on Phil Turnbull, free kick awarded. Ben Clark restarts play with the free kick.80:48
Vadaine Oliver produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.79:55
Ryan Donaldson takes a shot. David Preece makes a save.77:40
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Curtis by Jake Sheridan. Adam Bartlett restarts play with the free kick.76:21
Tom Miller challenges Patrick Boyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Bartlett takes the direct free kick.75:16
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Conner Robinson by Ryan Donaldson. Andrew Boyce takes the direct free kick.74:52
Corner taken by Josh Gillies from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Vadaine Oliver.74:25
Colin Larkin challenges Josh Gillies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Josh Gillies, Andrew Boyce makes a clearance.72:02 Substitution
Substitution Yemi Odubade on for James Marwood.71:36
Corner taken by Josh Gillies from the left by-line.70:06
The assistant referee flags for offside against Vadaine Oliver. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.66:57
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Boyle on Colin Larkin. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alan Power, Ben Clark makes a clearance.66:28
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Turnbull on David Morgan. Tom Miller restarts play with the free kick.65:51
Free kick awarded for a foul by Vadaine Oliver on Patrick Boyle. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Donaldson by Tom Miller. Ryan Donaldson restarts play with the free kick.65:06
Jake Sheridan takes a shot. Save by Adam Bartlett.63:51
Outswinging corner taken by Alan Power from the right by-line, Andrew Boyce takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bartlett.62:07
Vadaine Oliver provided the assist for the goal.62:07 Goal scored
Goal! - Conner Robinson - Lincoln 1 - 1 Gateshead A goal is scored by Conner Robinson from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Lincoln City 1-1 Gateshead.61:39 Booking
Booking Booking for David Preece for unsporting behaviour.60:44 Goal scored
Goal! - Josh Gillies - Lincoln 0 - 1 Gateshead Josh Gillies scores a placed penalty. Lincoln City 0-1 Gateshead.59:39
Penalty awarded for a foul by David Preece on Ryan Donaldson.54:46
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Donaldson. David Preece takes the indirect free kick.52:28
Unfair challenge on Vadaine Oliver by Liam Henderson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Preece.51:16
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Josh Gillies, clearance made by David Preece.49:53
Jake Sheridan has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.48:11
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Power on James Marwood. Josh Gillies crosses the ball in from the free kick.45:24
Unfair challenge on Andrew Boyce by Liam Henderson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Preece.45:01
The referee gets the second half underway.45:00 +4:12 Half time
Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.45:00 +3:44
Effort from long distance by James Curtis goes wide right of the goal.45:00 +2:33
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Power, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Bartlett by Tom Miller. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.45:00 +1:37
Foul by Patrick Boyle on Jake Sheridan, free kick awarded. Alan Power takes the free kick.42:40
Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Magnay on Colin Larkin. The ball is sent over by Alan Power, Shot by Andrew Boyce from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.37:43
The referee blows for offside. David Preece restarts play with the free kick.36:24 Substitution
Substitution Gary Mills leaves the field to be replaced by Conner Robinson.31:29
Liam Henderson takes a shot.29:07
Liam Henderson fouled by Gary Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.27:05
Vadaine Oliver is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.22:50
Ben Clark makes a clearance.22:50 Substitution
Substitution Peter Gilbert goes off and Scott Garner comes on.22:50
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alan Power played to the near post,16:56
Vadaine Oliver takes the direct free kick.16:56 Booking
Booking Booking for Ben Clark.16:51
Unfair challenge on Vadaine Oliver by Ben Clark results in a free kick.14:36
Unfair challenge on David Morgan by Liam Henderson results in a free kick. Alan Power takes the free kick.13:42
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Boyle by Vadaine Oliver. Free kick taken by Patrick Boyle.10:45
The official flags Ryan Donaldson offside. David Preece takes the indirect free kick.10:01
David Morgan challenges Liam Henderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Turnbull takes the free kick.9:02
Gary Mills fouled by Jamie Chandler, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Power. Headed effort from inside the box by Vadaine Oliver misses to the right of the target.1:58
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Turnbull on Alan Power. Gary Mills restarts play with the free kick.0:12
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Gilbert on Liam Henderson. Carl Magnay takes the direct free kick.0:00
The match has kicked off.
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