A goal from Karl Beckford in the final minute of injury time saw Lewes pick up a well-earned point at Margate.
Karl Beckford’s deflected strike was no more than Simon Wormull’s men deserved – and pulled the Rooks out of the bottom four relegation places in the process.
Hosts Margate took the lead on 36 minutes when Sam Long finished well after latching onto a Matt Bodkin through-ball, following a misplaced Lewes pass.
But Lewes worked their way back into the game and, particularly in the second half, began to dominate.
And the goal Lewes had been threatening for much of the half finally came – in the fourth and final minute of added time.
A defelected Beckford shot from just inside the penalty went in off the post after Howell and Stubbings had combined well. The goal prompted scenes of delirium amongst the delighted Rooks fans behind the goal.
Indeed, Lewes had played far the better football than their high-flying hosts and can feel justifiably disappointed not to have left Kent with all three points.
ROOKS: Thorp, Conroy, Hamilton, Walder, Robinson, Breach, Crabb (Howell 46), Beckford, Godfrey (Stubbings 88), Thomas (Schaaf 59), Brinkhurst. UNUSED: Cooper, Kay. BOOKED: Conroy, Walder, Breach.
REF: Neil West. ATT: 532.