Torquay manager Martin Ling admitted his depleted side were fortunate to extend their unbeaten record after they survived a second-half barrage from vibrant Port Vale.
Ling was without seven players through suspension and injuries and he drafted in youngsters Nathan Craig and Kirtys Mackenzie for their full debuts.
But Vale still needed a bizarre own goal from Brian Saah, who headed into his own net when unchallenged, to cancel out a first-half strike from Ian Morris.
Ling said: "It would have been a smash and grab victory and, to be honest, it was a smash and grab point.
"Being without so many players was always going to have an effect, but MacKenzie was outstanding at the back and we've scrapped away for a good point.
"There was a lack of fluency to our play and we had to defend for our lives. We allowed Vale to put too many crosses into our box and they put us under a lot of pressure."
Vale boss Micky Adams was left with mixed feelings and felt his side should have secured all three points.
Adams said: "I'm a bit frustrated we haven't won the game, but I was very pleased with the performance. I couldn't ask for any more from my players because they gave everything and we've played some very good football .
"It says a lot when our fans applauded the players off the pitch at half-time when they were losing and again at full-time when we were drawing. I think everyone here will know we should really have got all three points.
"Our general play was excellent and we've put a lot of balls into the danger area. Torquay have needed some last-gasp defending on a number of occasions and that shows how well we've played. Torquay are a good side and Martin is doing a great job down there, so to perform like that against them gives us a lot to be positive about."