Burnley marked manager Sean Dyche's 100th match in charge by moving out of the Premier League's bottom three after extending their unbeaten run to four matches with a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle United.
The Lancashire club had claimed seven points from their previous three outings and delivered another performance that suggested they are steadily adapting to life in the Barclays Premier League by standing firm against Alan Pardew's side.
It had looked as if last season's Championship runners-up would claim all three points when midfielder George Boyd's vicious effort gave them the lead in the 34th minute.
But Newcastle, prior to Saturday's 1-0 defeat to West Ham United, have been one of the top flight's form sides in recent weeks and fought back to earn a share of the spoils.
Senegal striker Papiss Cisse earned them a point three minutes into the second half by converting Daryl Janmaat's cross for his fifth BPL goal of the season.
After the weekend's last-gasp heroics against Aston Villa, Burnley made the stronger start to proceedings at Turf Moor and forced Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot to tip Danny Ings' close-range effort over the bar in the eighth minute.
Ashley Barnes then fired over following more good build-up play from the hosts before the Magpies finally offered some evidence of an attacking threat as Sammy Ameobi drew a near-post save from Tom Heaton.
Heaton produced heroics in the 32nd minute to preserve parity with a fine one-on-one stop to deny Mehdi Abeid, who was called into the side as part of two changes made by Pardew.
And Newcastle were immediately punished for Abeid's inability to convert with Boyd putting Burnley ahead by driving Ings' knockdown beyond the unsighted Elliot.
Dyche's men would have doubled their lead had David Jones not fired wide after being put through on goal in first half injury-time.
Pardew made two changes after the interval, bringing on Remy Cabella and Steven Taylor for Ayoze Perez and Mike Williamson, and Newcastle immediately got back into the match as Cisse levelled matters.
The 29-year-old diverted the ball home with his knee from six yards after Janmaat's cross had been cleverly flicked into his path by Yoan Gouffran at the near post.
Clarets left-back Stephen Ward was taken off on a stretcher in the 66th minute and replaced by Ben Mee but despite that defensive reshuffle, Newcastle laboured in their efforts to complete the turnaround.
Both sides lacked spark in their respective search for winners - especially the visitors who now turn their attentions to the weekend's visit of Premier League pacesetters Chelsea to St James' Park.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "I think the positives are the performance again, particularly in the first half. Other than a really poor goal that we gave them, another good performance from us.
"There's some really good signs in what we're doing and how we're moving forward. I think it's good times. The journey continues. I know it's a tough journey.
"We were very good in the first half. We know we have to be clinical and take chances. We believe in performances. Performances bring wins. Another good point, but just a point."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "Absolutely delighted with that - we didn't play in the first half and Burnley had a lot to do with that.
"We didn't risk enough. We took risks in the second half and were a different class.
"It's as good a point we've got all season. The pitch was difficult tonight - it was was slippery and slidy."
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