Hull City ended their losing run in the Barclays Premier League as Sone Aluko's strike secured a hard-earned 1-1 draw at Everton.
Coming into the game on the back of four-straight defeats and a 3-0 reverse at Manchester United at the weekend, Hull had dropped into the bottom three after Tuesday's results.
A visiting side low on confidence were swamped in the first half at Goodison Park, as Everton sliced through them regularly and took a richly deserved lead through Romelu Lukaku.
Hull had looked bereft of ideas before the break, but Aluko's introduction in the second half sparked them to life and the Nigerian pegged the home side back with a fine individual equaliser.
Hull could have snatched all three points, but the draw is enough to lift them above Burnley and into 17th place.
Hull manager Steve Bruce made a number of changes from the defeat at Old Trafford and switched from 3-5-2 to a 4-5-1 system.
Though a high-pressure opening from the visitors pushed Everton back, the Toffees soon found their flow having dominated possession.
Lukaku dwelt when well-positioned after smart interplay between Gareth Barry and Ross Barkley - the ball deflecting onto Liam Rosenior's upper arm to prompt home appeals for a penalty which referee Robert Madley dismissed.
Everton's incessant play was too much for Hull to hold back, with Kevin Mirallas and the reintroduced Leon Osman forcing Allan McGregor into action before they finally took a merited lead 11 minutes before the break through Lukaku's seventh goal of the season.
Having flicked the ball into the path of Mirallas, Lukaku showed great endeavour to get on the end of his countryman's cut-back and bury a finish past the helpless McGregor.
Mohamed Diame could have equalised just after the interval and was soon forced off with a recurrence of a recent knee injury, but his replacement, Aluko, provided the perfect impact.
Picking the ball up 25 yards from goal, Aluko burst past Sylvain Distin and into the penalty area before slotting past Tim Howard at the goalkeeper's near post.
Aluko's presence energised Hull as he again beat Distin before crossing for former Everton striker Nikica Jelavic, whose header dropped an inch wide of the left-hand post.
Neither side could muster another chance for a winner and Everton had to settle for a point which leaves them 10th in the Barclays Premier League table.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “Across the two halves I thought we saw a Hull City side coming very clearly to make things difficult to be very strong, they had two very energetic banks of four.
"We were fantastic first half. We got through the lines really well. We showed a real good intent after we scored
"Second half it was completely different. The approach of Hull City it suited their role.
"In the first half we did enough to win the game, but you don't win games with one-goal margins."
Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "The second half we were much, much better. There wasn't much between the sides in the first half. After the difficult weekend in Manchester and a difficult month - if anybody was going to win it was us.
"Who knows with the point, we have hopefully stopped the rot. It was the first time we were in the relegation zone in 18 months. It's only our second season up.
"The Barclays Premier League is starting to take shape. We hope we can still finish midway through the division - we have a far better chance than we did last season."
|06 Dec 2014||v Man City (A)|
|15 Dec 2014||v QPR (H)|
|20 Dec 2014||v Southampton (A)|
|26 Dec 2014||v Stoke (H)|
|28 Dec 2014||v Newcastle (A)|
|01 Jan 2015||v Hull (A)|