Aldershot boss Andy Scott was left heartbroken as events elsewhere effectively ended the Shots' hopes of staying in the Football League.
Michael Rankine's second-half goal gave Aldershot a 1-0 win over Dagenham and the Shots thought they would go in to the final day of the season with a sniff of survival but late drama at Barnet means they will now need a miracle on the final day of the season.
Barnet led 1-0 courtesy of a Jake Hyde strike in the 81st minute at Underhill only to concede a last-gasp penalty which was then saved by Graham Stack as Scott and co went through a rollercoaster of emotions.
That result means basement boys Aldershot are now three points behind both Barnet and Dagenham but with a much poorer goal difference, leaving Scott to face the reality of a return to non-league football.
"It's amazing the set of events. The results that have gone against us in the last couple of weeks, when we've put in decent performances, has put us in a position where we need snookers to get out of it," said Scott.
"We did our job, we got the result, it wasn't a great game. There was a lack of quality but no lack of heart and enthusiasm.
Defeat leaves Dagenham sweating on their own survival with six clubs separated by two points heading in to the final weekend of the season, and caretaker manager Wayne Burnett vowed to go all out to secure survival.
"We had chances in the first half and towards the end but when you have them you have to take them and capitalise," he said.
"Today we haven't taken them. We played okay, the boys worked very, very hard but you have to score goals, it's as simple as that. We should have taken our chances."