Kenny Davis tucked home a penalty right on half-time to earn Braintree a point against Forest Green.
Davis scored after a handball by visiting defender Chris Stokes.
James Norwood had put Forest Green ahead when he converted Yan Klukowski's cross and only a superb save by Nathan McDonald denied him a second.
Norwood also came close twice in the second half and Andy Mangan headed wide but visiting keeper Sam Russell denied Ryan Peters a winner at the other end.
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Braintree Town Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:
"I think both teams could have said they could have won it, but I suppose a point apiece will do us both.
"It was a bad goal to give away. We seemed a bit nervous the first 20 minutes, I don't know why.
"Second half, we were better and grew into the game, a draw is probably a fair result.
"I can't knock the commitment of the boys, we just lacked a bit of quality in the last third of the pitch.
"We've got round the back a few times and just didn't finish off."
Forest Green Rovers Manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:
"We got dragged into a game that we shouldn't be playing. We don't want to fight, we want to play.
"We've come here to a very tough place and we've got a point but are absolutely devastated. It's not a bad place to be but we have to be better and learn.
"We've had the chances and we haven't taken them. At the end of the day for everything I talk about, if you don't take your chances you don't win the games."
Braintree Town 01 McDonald 03 Habergham 05 Paine 15 Massey 04 Isaac 08 Davis 12 Daley (Carney - 78' ) 26 Mulley 02 Peters 09 Marks 18 Marum (Cox - 69' ) Substitutes 20 Hamann 14 Carney 16 O'Connor 21 Sam Griffiths 22 Cox Forest Green Rovers 01 Russell 02 Hodgkiss 03 Stokes Booked 06 Bennett 15 Oshodi 04 Bangura 08 Klukowski Booked (Koroma - 88' ) 23 Barry 07 Norwood 09 Wright (Turley - 70' ) 14 Taylor (Mangan - 56' ) Substitutes 05 Turley 12 Asafu-Adjaye 17 Brogan 20 Koroma 30 Mangan